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Building a Reading Culture in a Singapore School: Identifying Spaces for Change Through a Socio-spatial Approach

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Research tells us that reading is correlated to academic achievement but how do we motivate students to read? How can schools build reading cultures? Through the case study of a government secondary school in Singapore, I examine how attention to the invisible network of resources that support reading can provide insight into students’ resources for reading, both at home and in school. Additionally, I explain, through the mapping of the school library as a reading space, how a socio-spatial approach that maps the physical, social and affective spaces of the library can provide a framework for strategic and focused action to cultivate a school’s reading culture.
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Keywords: Singapore; habitus; libraries; readers; reading culture

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: English Language and Literature Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Publication date: April 3, 2015

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