Associations of the Home Literacy Environment with Thai University Students’ Leisure Reading Habits

By Nicholas Ferriman.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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This study investigated the long-term impact of the Home Literacy Environment (HLE) on Thai leisure reading rates using an adapted version of a questionnaire from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Though size effects are generally small, results from the responses of 475 university students at a college in the north of Thailand indicate that five of the key HLE parameters are significantly associated with respondents’ present reading rates. This was a little different from the findings of a similar survey conducted five years earlier on a similar group of students (N=275) at the same university. The implications for Thailand’s participation in the “information age” are discussed.

Keywords: Literacy Practices, Pleasure Reading, Free Reading, Free Voluntary Reading, Independent silent reading

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp.69-87. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 367.442KB).

Nicholas Ferriman

Lecturer, Humanities and Languages Division, Mahidol University International College, Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

Nick Ferriman has taught English in Thailand for over twenty years. For the last nine years, he has taught freshman composition and public speaking to undergraduates at Mahidol University International College in Bangkok. His research interests include literacy, e-learning, and international affairs. His interest in literacy evolved out of his postgraduate research into “reluctant readership” and the search for its origins.