Multidisciplinary Assessment of Reading Skills among New-Intakes in Nigeria University (South-East) – A 21st Century Issues

Published: June 2019

Authors: Ojinuka, Ngozi H. & Igbozurike, Ijeoma H.

About Authors: School of General Studies. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Abia State.

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The accelerating communication tempo and the ability to decode segments of an enormous and expanding symbology quickly and accurately becomes of paramount importance not only for the highly trained technician or scholar in this 21st Century, but for the average man as well. Twenty first century involves application of skills, knowledge and attitudes for success and development in the 21st century workplace. Inadequate reading ability remains the principal reason for the children being kept back in the elementary schools and continues to plague the secondary schools and higher institutions .This study aims to investigate formal procedures in assessing reading capacity or expectancy level among new- intakes in Nigerian universities. A sample size of 538 respondents was randomly selected among fresher’s (new-intakes) in five (5) Nigerian Universities in (South- East) using corrective and remedial teaching techniques and analysis. Based on the findings, a standardized reading measurement /innovative teaching were recommended to boost reading culture among students, in our Nigerian Universities.

Key words: Reading skills, tests, teaching, 21st century, multidisciplinary.