Reading Motivation as Predictor of Academic Achievement in Primary Education| P 80-91

Debdulal Dutta Roy Rituparna Basak (Dasgupta)
Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata Siliguri B.Ed. College, Kadamtala, Darjeeling


Background: Primary education is the foremost and basic right of every child. It serves
as the first stepping stone in building the character of a child. The role of primary
education is to ensure broad based learning of the child. This includes development
of social, cognitive, cultural, emotional and physical skills. The success of primary
education depends upon motivation to read. Motivation to read is guided by intrinsic
and extrinsic reading motivation variables. Which reading motivation variables affect
academic achievement in primary education is yet to be known. Objective: This paper
aims at examining the relative prediction of reading motivation variables on academic
achievement. Method: Data were collected through a Reading motivation questionnaire
(Dutta Roy, 2020) from 200 students of one primary school having Bengali and English as
first and second languages respectively.Alongwith, to assessing academic achievement
level of students, recently completed examination results in three major subjects namely,
Arithmetic, Bengali (first language) and English (second language) were collected.
Results: Stepwise regression analysis revealed relative predictions of some intrinsic
(reading for application, for achievement) and extrinsic (reading to avoid punishment)
variables in predicting academic achievement. Extrinsic variables inhibited and intrinsic
variables facilitated academic achievement level. Findings are discussed with teaching
Pedagogies for sustainable reading motivation.
Keywords: Reading motivation, Academic Achievement, Primary education.

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