Multivariate Statistical Analysis of Greek Pupils’ Attitudes toward Reading

By Sofia D. Anastasiadou.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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It is common knowledge that reading helps greatly in children’s literacy development and determines their future success in reading and writing. But it seems that children often try to avoid reading. Thus, this study aim to record, explore and analyze in depth Greek pupils attitudes toward reading. A validated questionnaire measuring attitudes toward reading was administered to 187 male and 192 female pupils’ of the sixth grade, from 9 primary schools in Thessaloniki, Greece, during the academic year 2007-08. Methods of multivariate statistical analysis were used to analyze the data. The results of the study reveal that Greece pupils not only do not form the habit of reading but they also have a negative attitude toward reading. Suggestions on how both teachers and parents could cultivate a positive attitude toward reading are made. Implications for further study are also made.

Keywords: Pupils, Attitudes, Reading

International Journal of the Book, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.35-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 511.765KB).

Dr. Sofia D. Anastasiadou

Lecturer, Department of Preschool Education, University of Western Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece, Greece

Sofia Anastasiadou holds a BSc from the Department of Mathematics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, a Master degree in Mathematics Education from Surrey University of Kingston in Great Bretagne. She has obtained her Ph.D in Multidimetional Statistical Analysis at the Macedonia University of Thessaloniki in Greece. She is currently a Lecturer of Applied Statistics and Educational Research in the Department of Preschool Education at the University of Western Macedonia in Greece. Apart form Statistics and Mathematics Education in Primary, Secondary and Higher Education her research interests are also focused in the Analysis and Interpretation of Multivariate Data for Social Science. Sofia Anastasiadou has published several papers in Greek, European and International Scientific Journals.

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