the Reading Habits
‘Reading to learn’ is an essential tool for life- long learning. Promoting a reading culture among students is therefore one of the key tasks in the curriculum reform with the aim to strengthen students’ learning capabilities. To understand the current situation of the reading culture of students, the Education Department conducted a survey in February 2001. The objective is to investigate the reading habits of Primary 1 to Secondary 5 students relating to books, newspapers and electronic information. Their interests in reading as well as reading conditions at home and school were also surveyed.
The major findings on students’ reading habits, their relation with students’ reading conditions at home and at school were as follows:
After school or at leisure, the activities that students do most are “Watching television, videos, VCDs, etc.”, “Playing computer/electronic games”. Among secondary school students, “Listening to music, songs, radio, etc.” or “Chatting with friends” are also popular activities.
The results on the percentages of students spending 2 hours or more per week on reading books, newspapers and electronic information show that more students read books at lower levels whilst at higher levels, more students read electronic information.
The topics that students read most in newspapers and on the computer are similar, namely “Entertainment”, “Daily living” and “Computer, information technology”. The types of books that students read most are “Stories”, “Jokes/humours”, “Fairy tales” and “Comics”. It is apparent that the types of books that students favour are for entertainment and leisure, rather than for intellectual enhancement.
For both secondary and primary students, most students read at home and during weekends.
For primary students, the main purpose of reading is “to enrich...
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