The library use habits of student teachers

Erdamar G. K., Demirel H.

World Conference on Educational Sciences, Nicosia, CYPRUS, 4 - 07 February 2009, vol.1, pp.2233-2240 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 1
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2009.01.393
  • City: Nicosia
  • Country: CYPRUS
  • Page Numbers: pp.2233-2240
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Habit of reading is lifelong continuous and regular performance of the act of reading as a result of the perception of reading as a necessity. Habit of using libraries, however, means continuous and regular use of a library by the individual with the purpose of meeting his/her intellectual requirements. Particularly for the student teachers constituting the teachers of the future having their education in the education faculties, it is expected that they have gained the habit of reading and developed the skill of using libraries efficiently. However, studies found in the literature shows that students do not have much positive attitudes for reading and using libraries. Starting from these ideas, it was attempted in the present study to determine the habits of the students of Gazi University Vocational Educational Faculty (GUVEF). Participants of the study was the first and fourth grade students of GUVEF. Sampling of the study consisted of total 406 students, out of which 205 were students of the first grade and 201 of the fourth grade of five department. With the purpose of determining the library use habits of the students, a Likert-type scale was developed by the investigators. The questionnaire consists of two parts. Demographic characteristics are included in the first part, and questions directed at the habits of using libraries were asked in the second part. Five students were selected among the first and fourth grade of each department and group interviews were performed with these students. In these interviews, ideas and feelings regarding use of libraries were asked to the students. In addition, numbers of books borrowed yearly from the Central Library of Gazi University were examined. Answers to the questionnaire were examined after the application, and percentage, frequency, t-test analysis methods were used in the analysis of data. Interviews were examined and were used support habits results. Interpretations were made according to the results obtained, and recommendations were given for the development of habits of students teachers. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved