Mathangwane, Joyce T.; Arua, Arua E.
September 2006
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal;Sep2006, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p46
Academic Journal
The paper surveys the attitudes of parents to reading in two rural communities of Thamaga and Letlhakeng in Botswana. Data for the study was collected from 107 semi-literate and illiterate respondents -- 60 for Letlhakeng and 47 for Thamaga -- mainly women, through a 16-item questionnaire that contained questions about the respondent's families' interest in reading, reading interests and attitudes. The respondents have very positive attitudes to reading and are able to read in English and/or Setswana, the local language. Many of the respondents have reading interests that differ somewhat radically from their children's. Nevertheless, they, including those who are completely illiterate, encourage their children to read. This is to ensure, not surprisingly, that their children acquire for themselves a life that is educationally, economically and socially better than theirs.


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