1. Purpose — the aim of this research study was designed to measure the potentials and the effects of the online
Audio-book resources in fostering young children — reading. The research study involved comparing 2 groups of 5th
and 6th-grade elementary school students — measuring their reading motivation, understanding, and learning from an
online audio-book resource, Naxos Spoken Word Library (NSWL), under a school library setting in Hong Kong.
2. Design/Methodology/Approach — approximately 292 plus participants (students from 2 different international elementary
schools (Bradbury & Kingston Elementary School) in Hong Kong were invited to take part in this study. Students — motivations,
their reading comprehension, their attitudes and experiences with the online audio-books were recorded, and
measured with a set of questionnaires, designed together by the researcher, and the 2 school/teacher- librarians from
Bradbury and Kingston Elementary.
3. Findings — the findings helped identify the characteristics of these elementary
school children, e.g., their reading habits, interests; what sorts of books, what kind of reading materials attracted them;
and most importantly, to find out whether the online audio-book resources really had the potentials to make a difference,
i.e., what attracted these young students to the pleasures of reading, and turned them into avid readers, etc.
4. Research limitations — some limitations included a small sampling size, and the data gathered from questionnaires were essentially quantitative in nature, hence, they did not provide opportunity to probe individual respondents/students to elaborate an
answer. The time and manpower constraints might not have permited the researchers to perform regular onsite observations
and recordings of the children engaged in the use of the online audio-books. There were relatively little important contemporary
fiction/stories available inside the online audio-book resource chosen for this research, i.e., Naxos Spoken Word
Library. It was also difficult in obtain an informed consent when studying students at this age, as they were vulnerable to
manipulation. It was also difficult to ensure that all the students had a good understanding of the nature of the study, and
the young students — might feel pressured to lie on the questionnaire.
5. Originality/Value — this research study aim to fill the gaps in the subject of how elementary school students relate to, and learn from the electronic and online audiobooks. This research was also set up to measure the online audio-books — potentials in attracting elementary students to the pleasures of reading. This research is of particular interest to teachers, school librarians and parents, etc.
6. Ethical issues - the study received formal approval from both the Bradbury Elementary School and Kingston Elementary School to
conduct the study in their school libraries. Respondents/students — identities are fully protected so that the information
the researchers collect will not embarrass or in other ways harm them. The researchers also promised not to intrude the
students — normal learning, as well as their lives outside the research. In addition, the disruption of classes was kept to
|Keywords:||Purpose, Design/Methodology/Approach, Findings, Research Limitations, Originality/Value, Ethical Issues|
Cataloguing Librarian, Assistant Librarian, Cataloguing Section, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
Librarian, School Library, Bradbury School, Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR), China
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