Parental variables and gender parity in the reading habit of Senior Secondary School students in Etinan Local Government
Wisdom lm’belre Jude
Department of Curriculum/Teaching School of Education
College of Education Afaha Nsit, Akwa lbom State
e—mail: wisppa@yahoo,com
Elm U. Emitter-1:310 PILD
Department of Curriculum Studies Educational Administration
Faculty of Education University onyo, Uyo
Maria Afimgideh Ph.D
Department of Curriculum Studies Educational Administration
Facuity of Education University of Uyo, Uyo
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Presented at the 12 Biennial Conference Organized By the Reading Association ofNigeria
(RAN) on the Theme “Enhancing Human and National Resources through Literacy
Empowerment” from 18′” -21“ of August 2010,At Makurdi

Abstract
This study was concerned with the influence of parental variables on the reading habit of male and female 882 students. Using an ex-post facto research design, a sample size of80 students was randomly selected from students in Etinan local government area. A researcher—developed ‘Reading Habit Questionnaire‘ (RI-IQ)was used for data collection. Simple percentage was used to analyse the data obtained. The result indicates that male students from graduate parents have better ‘ ‘ ’reading habits than female students from similar background. It also revealed that
parental occupation did influence students reading habit. It was recommended among others that parents should create tome to function as initial literacy facilitators in order inculcate life long reading habits.

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