Reading Beliefs, Interests, and Habits of Pre-service Elementary Teachers

By Serife Dilek Belet Boyaci and Mediha Guner.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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Beliefs affect behaviors of individuals. Beliefs also have the effect of defining someone’s personal and professional life, meaning that individuals can accept or refuse new information based on their beliefs. Beliefs of individuals are also the best representation of their decisions throughout their lives. Therefore, there is a relationship between the decisions of individuals about reading and the beliefs of individuals about reading. Teachers’ beliefs about reading affect the quality of the environment in which they prepare their students to read. Therefore, there are studies indicating the relationship between teachers’ works in the classroom and their beliefs. Moreover, improving and supporting students’ reading interests and habits are necessary to set a ground for language skills, make clear and effective communication, and improve thinking capabilities. In that context, the aim of the study is to define reading beliefs, interests, and habits of pre-service elementary school teachers. This research was conducted using a qualitative method. The pre-service elementary teachers were chosen purposefully according to the maximum sampling method. Qualitative data will be collected through a semi-structured interview form. A descriptive analysis was used in the analysis of the qualitative data. It is assumed that the results of the study will be useful to the development of pre-service elementary school teachers’ reading beliefs.

Keywords: Reading Belief, Reading Interest and Habit, Pre-service Elementary Teachers

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 23, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.27-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 26, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 747.406KB)).

Dr. Serife Dilek Belet Boyaci

Assistant Professor, Education Faculty, Anadolu University, Eskişehir, Turkey

Mediha Guner

Research Assisstant, Faculty of Education, Anadolu University, Eskişehir, Turkey