Author(s): Özlem KÖROLU, F. Özlem GÜZEL

Personal reading habits increase the occupational and intellectual level. There are some jobs such as tourism guiding that contains multidisciplinary education and needs really seriously reading during leisure times. But it is known that, reading habit as a cultural attitude in Turkey is on the average lower than those being exercised in developed countries. The main step to gain reading habit is to develop positive attitude towards reading. With this study, it was aimed to determine the reading habit, opinions and attitudes of the tourism guiding students of Tourism Faculty at Balikesir University towards reading. “The Attitude Scale towards Reading Habit (= 0.79)” which contains 30 statements (21 positive-9 negative) and developed by Gömleksiz (2004), completed as instrument to gather data. According to the results of the study, the reading frequency of students in general was found to be low and a meaningful difference has been found in the sub-dimensions of fondness of reading, having the habit of reading, desire for reading and usefulness of reading according to the variable of gender.


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