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Title: Reading for Pleasure Practices in Community Libraries in Thailand
Authors: Chommanaad Boonaree
Goulding, Anne
Dorner, Dan
Keywords: Reading Promotion
Reading Behaviour
Community Libraries
Reading for Pleasure
Free Voluntary Reading (FVR)
Public Libraries
Issue Date: 13-Jun-2015
Publisher: The Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL)
Abstract: Studies have indicated that a lack of reading enjoyment results in Thais reading less than people in neighbouring countries. In the West, studies have identified that reading en-joyment, attained by reading for pleasure or free-voluntary reading (FVR), is a stronger pre-dictor of reading behaviour than reading attitude (Clark & De Zoysa, 2011; Krashen, 2011; 2013). In Thailand, no research has yet focused specifically on reading for pleasure. As a part of the “The Decade of Reading 2009-2018” national agenda, 80,000 “Community Book Houses” will be established by the Office of the Non-Formal Commission (ONFEC), Minis-try of Education, in 2015(ONFEC, 2014). This top-down government project needs to take an appropriate approach to deal with the social, cultural, and linguistic issues in each region of the country. This study will apply Krashen’s Free Voluntary Reading (FVR) theory and will take a sociocultural approach to analyse the information resources, and activitiesemployed by ONFEC’s Non-Formal Education(NFE) teachers in community libraries in Northeast Thai-land. The purposes of the study are to: 1) examine the NFE teachers’ perception of the role of community library within reading for pleasure theory, 2) explore current practice in ONFEC community libraries in relation to the theory, and 3) propose an appropriate reading promo-tion practices for community libraries in the Northeast region, based on reading for pleasure concept. The findings will contribute to the body of knowledge on reading promotion practice in community libraries in developing countries. The conceptual frameworks and methodology ideas will be presented as an initial stage of a PhD dissertation.
Description: This paper was presented at the Conference CONSAL XVI held from 11-13 June 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand.
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