Reading Habits of the College Students across Discipline

Loan, Fayaz Ahmad Reading Habits of the College Students across Discipline. JOURNAL OF THE YOUNG LIBRARIANS ASSOCIATION, 2011, vol. 4, pp. 42-50. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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From last century, many researchers have devoted efforts to examine reading habits of students. The present study is a step forward in the process which aims to identify the reading preferences and tastes of the college students across disciplines. The scope of the study is limited to the degree college students of Kashmir covering the faculties of General Science, Business/ Commerce, Computer Science, Social Sciences and Humanities. The sample was selected through statistical sampling formula and stratified random sampling technique was used to select students. The questionnaire was used as a data collection tool. The results reveal that students of all faculties have positive attitudes towards reading in which General Science students enjoy the most and Social Sciences & Humanities students the least. The General Science students also rank first on spending time on reading. The college students, irrespective of subject differences, mostly prefer to read in English. In comparison, the Computer Science students read in English more than other faculties whereas Social Sciences & Humanities students lead in Urdu. The students of General Science and Social Sciences & Humanities mostly read for education whereas majority of Business & Commerce and Computer Science students read for information. The students of all faculties mostly like to read about their own discipline. In comparison, the students of Social Sciences & Humanities read literature, politics, religion more than others; General Science students lead in science & technology reading followed by Computer Science students and the students of Business & Commerce lead in business and games/sports. The students of all faculties mostly read print sources compared to electronic. However, the Computer Science students rank first in exploiting electronic sources followed by Business & Commerce students. The study concludes that the subject background is one of the factors responsible influencing the reading habits of students.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Reading habits; Reading preferences; Reading tastes; Subject differences; College students.
Subjects: C. Users, literacy and reading.
Depositing user: Dr Fayaz Loan
Date deposited: 10 Mar 2017 06:53
Last modified: 10 Mar 2017 06:53


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