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A Study of Web-based Leisure Reading Motivations and Behaviors of Vocational High School Students in Taipei City
vocational high school students
web-based leisure reading motivations
web-based leisure reading behaviors
The study aims to explore the motivations and behaviors of web-based leisure reading of vocational high school students in Taipei City. The main purposes include: first, to detect the motivations and behaviors of the current web-based leisure reading of vocational high school students; second, to analyze what effects do factors like genders, subject divisions and family socioeconomic status make on vocational high school students’ motivations of the web-based leisure reading; third, to investigate the homogeneity of the web-based leisure reading behaviors, text types and topics of vocational high school students under different genders, subject divisions and family socioeconomic status. The study mainly uses the methods of literature review and questionnaire survey to achieve the purposes. The questionnaire survey applied a self-arranged "the questionnaire of the web-based leisure reading motivations and behaviors of vocational high school students in Taipei City" as a research instrument. Under purposive sampling, the data are collected by online questionnaire from 1776 vocational high school students who study in Taipei City. Among them, there are 1,200 valid samples with internet leisure reading experiences. The data are analyzed by way of descriptive statistics, frequency distribution, T test and Chi-square test. Through the statistical results, the conclusion is summarized as followings: First, concerning with the internet leisure reading motivations: (a) The internet leisure reading helps vocational high school students show self-efficacy and own the free opportunity to meet the reading challenge; (b) Vocational high school students are willing to read through the internet to share the information with their peers; (c) In addition to genders, subject divisions and socioeconomic status do not affect the internet leisure reading motivations. Second, with respect to the internet leisure reading behaviors: (a) The internet leisure reading becomes a main channel for vocational high school studentsto read current affairs and entertainment information; (b) The majority of vocational high school students read the news and articles on the internet, and spend the most time online to read the news and the novels; (c) Boys of engineering division like to read blood machine warfare of comic on the internet, while girls of business division love to read family / friendship / love topics of articles on the internet; (d) Family socioeconomic status do influence the topics of vocational high school students’ online leisure reading. According to these conclusions, there are three suggestions provided: First, we should instruct students from new, speedy, practical and easy browsing to deep continuity of reading on the internet; Second, we should plan to build high-quality internet reading space for young adults and support students to build reading web sites to share; Third, school libraries should play a role in reading instruction and actively promote the leisure e-book context on the internet.
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