Writing as feedback of Readers’ Re—Actions: Are they means for inculcating Literacy
Habits in individuals?
A study of the Nigerian Situation.
Joseph S. Allyn, PhD
(Professor of Applied Linguistics)
Institute ofEducation, Ahmadu Bello University. Zaria.
Hannah M. Daudu, PhD
institute of Education, Ahmadu Bello University,Zaria.
“Some books are to be tested, others be
swallowed, and some few to be chewed and
digested: that is, some books are to be read only in
parts; others to be read, but not curiously, and
some few to be read wholly, and with diligence
and attention”. Francis Bacon’s Essays: of
Studies. pg.150,1906

In this study of feedback through the print media, the m-investigators appraised competing communication theories. After adoption of one theory, thirty—three articles from 3 sampled newspapers were analysed and characterization of the articles was carried out. 3 main criteria were used for making observations about the articles. This included the content of the article, the style of presentation and the context within which the writing occurred The incidence of feedback was also gauged. The study made specific statements regarding the potential power of feedback in promoting literacy habits. This is particularly promising in enforcing a bridge between the reading and writing practices in the outer community.

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