Using mobile reading devices to encourage positive leisure reading practices amongst adolescents – a case study from Zimbabwe

Reading & Writing

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Title Using mobile reading devices to encourage positive leisure reading practices amongst adolescents – a case study from Zimbabwe
Creator Hugo, Anna J. Bachisi, Ivan
Subject Education; Language teaching; leisure reading Differentiation; leisure reading; leisure reading identities; literacy; mobile reading devices.
Description Background: Literacy is an important skill that is necessary for people – especially adolescents – to access electronic media, including mobile devices. The only way to develop competence in reading is by reading more. Young people who enjoy leisure reading are usually more successful readers. In this study, the authors did research into a group of adolescents’ leisure practices by using mobile reading devices.Objectives: The objective was to identify the adolescents’ leisure reading identities, as the authors wished to know whether one model of leisure reading support suits everybody.Method: A qualitative research approach was employed, making use of literacy practice interviews, the adolescent participants’ mobile reading diaries, focus group discussions, and the researchers’ personal field notes.Results: Three distinct leisure reading identities were identified: eager readers, ‘fifty-fifty’ readers, and non-readers. It was thus evident that leisure reading practices require different types of support and encouragement from teachers and parents. Three reading identities surfaced during the study and it is acknowledged that there could be more reading identities.Conclusion: The influence of certain systems and antecedents that could influence the leisure reading habits of the sampled group also surfaced. It became evident that there should be differentiation when groups of adolescents are supported to enhance their leisure reading and, eventually, their reading abilities.Contribution: The article contributes to a better understanding of literacy practices among adolescent learners regarding the use of mobile devices to encourage leisure reading. It could also contribute to language teachers’ knowledge about factors in the education system that could influence learners’ reading abilities and the necessity to make provision for different reading identities in their teaching.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Contributor No additioanl contributors or supporting agencies
Date 2024-01-31
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/rw.v15i1.410
Source Reading & Writing; Vol 15, No 1 (2024); 8 pages 2308-1422 2079-8245
Language eng
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Coverage Zimbabwe 2019-2020 14-17 years; boys and girls; Africans
Rights Copyright (c) 2024 Anna J. Hugo, Ivan Bachisi