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An assessment of the reading motivation skills of Nigerian primary school teachers: Implications for language and science education

By Foluso Okebukola, Tunde Owolabi and Beatrice O.A. Onafowokan


Recent studies and frequent news reports have expressed concerns about African children’s decreasing reading habits and dwindling achievement in language and primary science examinations. African children are not reading because they have reading difficulties or because they have no interest in books. This article focuses on the elementary schooling years, when the ability to read and comprehend and the love of reading are developed, using Nigeria as a case study. The article begins with a review of the literature on reading that underscores the importance of nurturing and supporting good reading habits amongst African children. Following a cursory exposition of the categories of schools in Nigeria and the place of reading and science in the National Policy on Education, the remainder of the article presents the findings of a study conducted to assess the reading motivation skills of primary school teachers and illustrates pedagogical ways of developing good reading habits amongst African children. Implications for language and science education are discussed

Topics: Motivational skills, Reading, Implications, Special aspects of education, LC8-6691
Publisher: AOSIS
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.4102/rw.v4i1.33
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