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The Adoption of Reading Culture and Success in the University Research Proposal Paper

The Adoption of Reading Culture and Success in the University

1.0 Title

The working title of the study is initially drafted as the - The Adoption of Reading Culture and Success in the University. There has been an argument why Kenya was not able to develop a reading culture. As such, reading in Universities is considered to be a foreign culture. This negates with the fact that Kenya is reputed to be one of the countries with highly educated populace. Reading is a basic skill that a learner acquires, and it is only through this process that true education comes.

2.0 Introduction

This paper presents the proposal to explore the adoption of reading culture in Kenyan Universities and how it would likely to thrive. As Mbae (2007) puts it, books are powerful vehicles through which ideas, opinions and attitudes are shared, transformed and disseminated. The focus of adopting a reading culture will benefit students as it can elevate existing knowledge. As to why University students read books, the reasons are varied and multi-faceted. For one, Africans are very reliant of the spoken word; the strong oral tradition is one reason why a reading culture was not developed. Further, affording to buy books is another reason hence also economic aside from being cultural. Likewise, there is also no relevant Kenyan literature that is why people are distant from reading a book.

Having said all of this, the question now is how an adoption of a reading culture could likely to be successful in Kenyan Universities. The goal of the study is two-fold: determine the possibility of adopting a reading culture in Kenyan Universities and distinguish the probability of its success. The reason why the topic is chosen because it is of my best belief that what Kenyan perceives to be a foreign culture could still be changed and integrated in the academic process of these Universities. There is the need therefore to understand the landscape of reading process in Kenyan Universities so that a reading culture could be adopted by them.

3.0 Aims and Objectives

The main aim of the study is to explore the possibilities of adoption of a reading culture in Kenyan Universities. It is also the aim of the study to investigate whether adopting a reading culture would be successful in the long run. In lieu with this, the following research objectives will be addressed:

·         To evaluate the current practices of Kenyan Universities when it comes to reading practices

·         To analyze how prepared Kenyan Universities are in adopting a reading culture

·         To explore how Kenyan Universities perceive their role in adopting a reading culture

·         To assess from the perspectives of Kenyan Universities how they can succeed in adopting a reading culture

·         To establish the relevance of adopting a reading culture in Kenyan Universities  

4.0 Research Questions

The key questions that will be given answer to in the study are:

1)    Why Kenyan Universities need to adopt a reading culture?

2)    Is the adoption of a reading culture possible in Kenyan Universities?

3)    How ready are Kenyan Universities in adopting a reading culture?

4)    Would adopting a reading culture be a success and on what grounds?  

5.0 Research Methodology

The research strategy that the study will utilize is the descriptive method. A descriptive research intends to present facts concerning the nature and status of a situation, as it exists at the time of the study (Creswell, 1994). It is also concerned with relationships and practices that exist, beliefs and processes that are ongoing, effects that are being felt, or trends that are developing (Best, 1970). In addition, such approach tries to describe present conditions, events or systems based on the impressions or reactions of the respondents of the research (Creswell, 1994).

Primary and secondary research will be conducted in the study. In primary research, the study will survey Kenyan Universities representative. Questionnaires will be used as the survey instrument. The questionnaires will be divided into two parts, the first part being demographic profile and the second part on the preparedness on adopting a reading culture. A structured questionnaire will be developed and it will be used as the survey tool for the study. It is planned that the questionnaire will have a 5 point Likert Scale, as well as yes-no questions.

In this study, primary and secondary research will be both incorporated. The reason for this is to be able to provide adequate discussion for the readers that will help them understand more about the issue and the different variables that involve with it. The primary data for the study will be represented by the survey results that will be acquired from the respondents. On the other hand, the literature reviews to be presented in the second chapter of the study will represent the secondary data of the study. The secondary sources of data will come from published articles from books, journals and theses and related studies.

6.0 Limitations

The study is limited on the preparedness of Kenyan Universities in adopting a reading culture. The utilization of Kenyan Universities is another limitation because of the fact that it cannot make generalizations. The study is also limited only the pieces of information that the respondents are willing to disclose. It is limited to the respondents’ capability to answer such questions.

7.0 References

Best, J. W. (1970). Research in Education, 2nd Ed. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, Inc.

Creswell, J.W. 1994. Research design. Qualitative and quantitative approaches. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage.

Mbae, J. G. (2007). Kenya: A Reading Nation? Wajibu: A Journal of Social and Religious Concern.

Robson, C 2002, Real world research, 2nd edn, Blackwell, Oxford.

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Read literature













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