A Study of Secondary Students’ Adversity Quotient and Their Reading Behaviors

By Jureeporn Kanjanakaroon.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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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

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp.25-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 403.000KB).

Assoc.Prof. Jureeporn Kanjanakaroon

Lecturer, School of Liberal Arts , Department of Social and Humanities, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thungkru, Thailand

I am a lecturer in the Social Science and Humanities Programme at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), School of Liberal Arts, Bangkok, Thailand. At present, I am teaching both KMUTT undergraduate and graduate students. My teaching experiences are in the subject area of man and ethics for quality of Life, general education, and industrial and organizational psychology and community research. I received my M.A. in industrial and organizational psychology from Thammasart University and my Ph.D. in development education from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. I am interested in the learning process in communities. Recently, my successful research was on “Development Approaches of Bang Mod Tangerine Orchard as Learning Resource for Ecotourism”.