Wed. Jun 16th, 2021


Abstract

Literacy is the capability to read and write which are vital tools for undergraduate work. It provides the would be teacher with communicative and manipulative skills that would enable him or her to study as well as develop into a well rounded person who is able to explore the wide range of opportunities opened to him or her in the literary world such as reading extensively. The fact that high incidence of school failure in Nigeria has been attributed to poor reading habits of students necessitates that would be teachers read widely to expand on their horizon by becoming well informed and achieving a foundation for the future as effective teachers. This study surveyed the reading habits of a sample of 100 education students of the University of Abuja in terms of amount of reading activity they engage in and their preferences of reading materials. A structured questionnaire was employed in obtaining data from the respondents. The results of the t—test of the amount of books. newspapers and magazines readership showed that there are significant differences in amount of readership between male and female education students. Similarly, marked differences in their reading preferences were established through an interview with students and the school vendor alike. Generally, the students read more for academic purposes. This paper then discusses the implication of reading extensively for literacy and teacher effectiveness and made some recommendations for enhancing readership amongst education students so as to professionally equip them for their future roles as teachers.