Promoting Literary in Primary Schools in Akwa Ibom State through Children’s Magazine
Anke Ukpak
Library Department, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State
e-mail: ankelibr@yahoo.eom
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Kathryn Philip
Library Department, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

The study, which is in two parts, aims at: 1, identifying specific features in a selected children’s magazine that interest upper-primary pupils, and 2, determining the extent of the magazine’s use by teachers and teacher-librarians for promoting literacy by enhancing reading interest and language-arts proficiency. The instrument for collecting data was the questionnaire, while survey research method w as employed in gathering the data. Results indicated that magazine features like cartoons, stories, jokes and riddles, science and math quizzes, activities (like crossword) and, particularly, the “God With You” page were of most interest to the children. The stories they preferred were real-life stories, cartooned stories,funny stories, sports stories and animal stories. Boys preferred cartooned stories, sports stories, real—life and funny stories; while girls preferred cartoon stories, stories about animals,real-life and moral lessons. Results also showed that only one teacher—librarian read a story from the magazine to the children and very few teachers used the magazine as an instructional medium to encourage reading and language—arts proficiency as a result of “no time allotted for this in the school timetable”. Recommendations made were based on respondents’ suggestions towards subsequent issues of the magazine, intended to encourage reading and to enhance literacy.

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