Release:2018, Vol. 4. №3
About the authors:Maria V. Batyreva, Cand. Sci. (Soc.), Associate Professor, Department of General and Economic Sociology, University of Tyumen; firstname.lastname@example.org
This article studies the issues of the formation of the reading culture of modern schoolchildren, which is urgent in the context of increasing influence of audiovisual information sources on the youth socialization and the decreasing role of the book in this process. The article analyzes the experience of students’ reading culture research and presents the results of the authors’ research, which includes a questionnaire survey of schoolchildren and a survey of experts — teachers and staff of the city’s libraries.
The analysis of the results of Russian research shows that the younger generation’s reading culture is formed today rather spontaneously, its state does not meet the requirements of the present. Besides that, the control actions aimed at forming the schoolchildren reading culture do not lead to the desired results: the reading quality of schoolchildren decreases, the internet and computer games displace the book from their leisure.
The research has revealed that the main problems in managing the formation of the reading culture of schoolchildren lie in the library’s loss of its place in the life of schoolchildren; the replacement of the sources of information search with non-literary information; the uncontrolled influence of the reader’s fashion on the reading of students; the unwillingness of the majority of students to take part in the events held in schools and libraries; a lack of interest.
This study allowed to determine the reading culture level of modern schoolchildren, show the main problems that arise in the process of its formation, and develop recommendation for the further improvement of the current set of measures implemented in schools and libraries, taking into account the characteristics of schoolchildren’s socialization, informatization processes, and adherence to the Internet, as well as the phenomenon of the reading prestige in the youth society.