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‘Read like champions’: the use of sports role models to read story books for class three children at a Fiji school

Rafiq, Loriza Z. and Dorovolomo, Jeremy (2020) ‘Read like champions’: the use of sports role models to read story books for class three children at a Fiji school. Directions: Journal of Educational Studies, 34 (1). pp. 1-17. ISSN 1011-5846

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This study utilized sports champions, those that have represented Fiji at the national level in various sports, to read aloud for a class three at a Suva primary school. Focus groups of five pupils and another of five champion readers were held. Feedback were also taken from the class teacher and head teacher. A qualitative study, a thematic analysis was employed and the study found that the read like champions project complemented existing reading programs in an innovative way that was highly anticipated by school children, provided inspiration and was thoroughly enjoyed. The rapport and cordial relationship among school leadership, the class teacher, librarian, sports champions, researchers and parents had also provided a conducive environment for reading and literacy activities, which enabled learning to occur. In addition, by integrating the reading activities with other subjects and events helped provide relevance and kept pupils interested. A novel idea not having implemented in the Fiji context before, the use of elite sportspersons to read aloud has the potential for stimulating improved reading and a love for reading among school children.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2020 21:39
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2021 02:03

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