The main purpose of this research was to explore adversity quotient (AQ) and reading behaviors of the lower secondary students. The sample of this study included 400 students in schools under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Basic Education. To collect data, the check lists and AQ-questionnaire were used. The data analysis involved fundamental statistical analysis, and One-Way ANOVA (Analysis of Variance). The results of the research showed that the students’ AQ was at high level ( =3.72) and their AQ dimensions—Control, Ownership, Reach, and Endurance (CORE)—were at high levels ( =3.50, 3.86, 3.83 and 3.71 respectively). For their behaviors on external reading and in-class reading, the majority of students regularly did 43.25 percent and 57.25 percent respectively. The most preferred external readings came from comic books, the Internet source, and novels (70.25 percent, 45.75 percent and 44.25 percent respectively). Additionally, the largest problems with their external readings were related to reading skills in English, over subject-matter in classroom learning and social pressures arising from their peers not reading (57.25 percent, 36.50 percent and 28.50 percent respectively). Finally, the students’ AQ as classified by reading behaviors—Regular, Irregular, and Not sure—had significant differences at the .05 level.
|Keywords:||Adversity Quotient (AQ), Reading Behaviors, and Secondary Students|
Lecturer, School of Liberal Arts , Department of Social and Humanities, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thungkru, Thailand