The Reading Habits and Literacy Attitudes of Inservice and Prospective Teachers : Results of a Questionnaire Survey

Sep. 01, 2008

Source:  Journal of Teacher Education, Vol. 59, No. 4, 313-321, September 1, (2008)

This article describes a questionnaire survey of 747 students enrolled in a graduate school of education, who are currently teachers or prospective teachers. The Literacy Habits Questionnaire, developed by Applegate and Applegate, was administered in September 2006. Findings suggest a high prevalence of aliteracy, the ability to read but a disinterest in personal reading.

 Although graduate students acknowledge the importance of reading for teachers, they do not themselves exhibit investment in personal reading. Also, the findings suggest that professors of literacy and education need to do more to encourage personal reading by incorporating strategies to promote reading among current and future literacy professionals

Updated: Oct. 29, 2008