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Analysis of technological, institutional and socioeconomic factors that influences poor reading culture among secondary school students in Nigeria

Linda Ihechikwere Anyalebechi, Chukwuemeka Odimegwu, Oyemike Victor Benson, Ifeyinwa Aidah Ariole

Abstract


Purpose: The study was carried out to analyze librarians' perception of  technological, institutional and socio-economic factors that influences poor reading  culture amongst secondary school students in Nigeria. The survey research design was adopted for this study with questionnaire as instrument for data collection. The population of study comprises of core librarians working with university libraries selected from four states namely Enugu, Abia, Imo and Rivers States. The purposive sampling technique was used to select ninetyseven (97) core librarians used for the study. Proliferation and availability of smart phones, chatting culture and social  media were identified as technological factors influencing poor reading culture  among secondary school students in Nigeria whole the institutional / political factors include poor government implementation of educational policy, lack of recreational facilities in public libraries, inefficiency of school/public libraries, inadequacy of book resources in libraries etc. Also social-economic factors such as parents' literacy level/background, poor reading foundation from home, parents' financial disposition to providing reading resources, availability of home libraries were revealed as factors influencing poor reading culture. Recommendation was made in line with the findings.


Keywords: Institutional factors, Nigeria, Reading Culture, Secondary School,  Socioeconomic factors, Students, Technological factor.




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