"Reading Habits and their Influence on Academic Achievement among Students at Asia Pacific International University, Thailand."

Sasikala Balan, Josephine Esther Katenga, Amanda Simon
2019 Abstract proceedings international scholars conference  
The study examined reading habits and their influence on academic achievement among students at Asia-Pacific International University (AIU), Thailand. Literature shows there is a decline in reading habits among students. Distractions from technology and social media result in a lack of interest in reading. Therefore, the objectives of this research were: a) to examine the reading habits of students at AIU; b) to discover the level of student academic achievement, and c) to determine the
more » ... ship between reading habits and academic achievement. Method: As a quantitative survey research design, the selection of 250 AIU undergraduate students was done using a convenience sampling method. These individuals responded to a survey questionnaire, which was the only data gathering instrument for the study. To analyze the data, a Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS). Multiple regression and Correlation Matrix analysis was conducted to check the influence of reading habits on academic achievement. Result: Among the five variables, the study confirmed that the purpose of reading has a significant relationship with academic achievement. The findings also indicate that the majority of the respondents value the importance of reading but have low reading habits. Discussion: Based on the findings of this study, educators in institutions should encourage students to read while in class and, parents should familiarize reading to their children at home from a very young age. Policymakers should facilitate and avail good, interesting reading materials to students through their educational organizations. Finally, the researcher recommends that further research should find about the factors that hinder students reading habits and it's to impact their academic achievement within the university or the region to bring awareness among students to become competent with their language skills and academic achievement, in Thailand.
doi:10.35974/isc.v7i1.928 fatcat:yz3dx2ioobe5vlkeb4iowt5aje