Proceedings of The International Conference on New Approaches in Education
In and out of School Reading Literacy Practices of HighSchool Students
Sheikha Ali Salim Al-Buraiki
Academic success is largely determined by learners’ reading proficiency and their high level of reading comprehension. The present study is an attempt to qualitatively explore the reading literacy practices of Omani adolescent students in and out of school settings. The research data has been collected via in-depth semi-structured interviews of three high school students. Findings revealed that students’ reading literacy practices were driven by three main factors: parental involvement, interest and school-oriented reading activities. Parental involvement in reading literacy provoked those adolescent students’ motivation to read. Students’ own interest was the pushing force to become avid readers, and lastly school-oriented reading activities enhanced students’ reading practices. It is believed that understanding reading literacy practices of adolescent learners offers insightful information about what represents effective reading practices at this critical age of schooling. This, subsequently, aids educators in their reading instruction, parents in providing productive involvement in their children’s reading literacy development and other students may learn from their peers’ successful reading practices.
Keywords: adolescents; home; instruction; motivation; parents.