In a research by Mol and Jolles
(2014), conducted on secondary students in a Dutch school. It focused on school
performance regarding leisure reading but with a focus on certain aspects. The
research concentrated on leisure reading regarding personal enjoyment, mental
imagery and gender. Most subjects were said to enjoy mental imagery which may
be seen in comic books rather than the usual method of reading. Girls were seen
to read more than boy. It was shown that boys who did not read had the poorest
academic performance. Also, non-leisure readers whom enjoyed reading received
better academic performance than others. In their study, they came to the plausible
conclusion that students with better reading abilities did get higher grades
but they could not conclude that ones that did not enjoy reading for pleasure are
the ones with lower grades. The aspects chosen to limit this research paper
were seen to be a tool for students to have a better reading culture or sense
if employed in beneficial reading programs. Just like researchers Akabuike and
Asika (2012), encouragement of students to read deemed important in the light
of their findings.

 

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