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Reading between the lines: the conceptual basis of reading in knowledge construction

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dc.contributor.advisor Klopper, R.M.
dc.contributor.author Govindsamy, Nalini Devi
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-16T07:46:15Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-16T07:46:15Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/145
dc.description A dissertation submitted in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of D. Litt. In Communication Science University of Zululand, 2006. en_US
dc.description.abstract In this dissertation the researcher examines the primary and contributing fac¬tors which can be identified that affect the reading capabilities of learners in grades 3, 6, 9, and 12. This research focuses on an investigation to determine whether the inter¬related factors co-determine problems that South African learners are experiencing with spelling and the reading of written texts of non-technical to technical levels of complexity. The researcher reviews academic literature that identifies a theoretical framework that serves as a backdrop to the interpretation of the empirical results, by providing insight into the conceptual, cognitive and neurophysiological basis that make the process of reading possible in humans, by examining the phonological perspective of reading and, by investigating the common reading problems. An em¬pirical survey examining the learners reading habits in correlation with factors from the home and school environment that influence the reading skills of the learners is presented. To this effect the factors affecting the reading skills of learners in grades 3, 6, 9, and 12 are correlated with factors such as the existence of a reacting culture in homes, and the learners' entertainment and extracurricular activities. The researcher reports, analyzes, and interprets the results of the data mat were obtained via the questionnaires and that were captured using the statistical computer program SPSS 11.5. The empirical results and the analysis of the fieldwork reveal that the learners' entertainment and extracurricular activities ate affecting their reading skills, and that the role of their parents and the school involvement in promoting the culture of read¬ing has contributed to the poor reading results in our learners. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Reading capabilities en_US
dc.title Reading between the lines: the conceptual basis of reading in knowledge construction en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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