International Journal of Innovative Social & Science Education Research 3(1&2):1-11, Apr-Jun. 2015


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CULTIVATING CHILDRENíS READING HABIT: LITERACY LEARNING ENHANCEMENT IN THE DIGITIZATION ERA



Chuzaimah Dahlan DIEM
Faculty of Teacher Training and Education Sriwijaya University
Email: chuzaidd@gmail.com

Yunani ATMANEGARA
Email:Yunani_atmanegara@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT
Technological advances in the digital domain have broadened access to almost every program, allowing children to experience multitask with the media. This condition has been a great opportunity in developing pupilsí better learning. This experimental study is aimed at cultivating 20 fifth gradersí reading habit and develop their English literacy learning using Literature Circles Strategy (LCS) with multicultural materials. The results show that the pupilsí reading habit is significantly developed (mean difference = 10,30; t = 8,837; p<.000) and their literacy learning is enhanced (mean difference = 21,90; t = 16,595; p<.000) as well. Although the mean difference of the pupilsí each literacy sub-skill achievement is significantly higher, in which reading literacy outperforms the others, after the intervention, only productive skills (speaking R.607, R2.368, p<.050 and writing R.667, R2.445, p<.021) are influenced significantly by different factors of reading habit. This influence is assumed to be due to the idea that reading habit in this present study is to be cultivated and supposed to be only as the mediator in LCS main focus which is more on productive skills.
Keywords: English literacy, EYL, literature circles strategy, multicultural materials, reading habit