Influence of University Students’ Reading Attitudes and Fields of Specialization on Their Comprehension Performance in English.
Olajide, Stephen Billy (Ph.D.)

Reading is one important tool of learning at the tertiary level because it promotes interdisciplinary achievement. However; reading comprehension performance has not been encouraging among students of Nigerian tertiary institutions. The cause of this situation has not been completely identified and redressed by reading researchers. It is assumed that the attitude of the student is one factor influencing his or her performance in reading, The present study therefore sets out to explore the link between university students” attitude to reading and their fields of
Specialization on the one hand, and their comprehension performance in English language on the other hand. The sample for the study were 200 second-year students at the University of Ilorin, randomly drawn from the faculties of
Agriculture. Business and Social Engineering, and Science, The instruments for the study were a five-item questionnaire and a thirty-two item test based on the University’s “Use of English”: a compulsory course for all 200 – level students. While the questionnaire data were processed using the chi-square statistic, the test—based data were analysed using ANOVA and the Duncan’s Multiple Range Test. Results showed that students’ attitude, as well as their fields of specialization, influenced their reading comprehension performance significantly. Based on this, appropriate suggestions are recommended.

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