IMPACT ANALYSIS OF YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE ON THE MORALS OF SCHOOL STUDENTS USING PARAMETRIC STATISTICAL TECHNIQUES

Ngozi Virginia Osuji, Samuel Olorunfemi Adams, Jason Uka-Olugu Idika

DOI: 10.26480/ess.01.2022.36.41

ABSTRACT
Young adult literature (YAL) is an important and necessary part of moral upbringing in teenagers and young adult lives. The present study seeks to investigate the effect of young adult literature on the morals of students in high school. The study utilized the quasi-experimental cum survey design and a sample of one hundred and forty (140) students of two schools were drawn from the eleven senior secondary schools in Bwari Area Council of Abuja, Nigeria. The intact class was utilized in each of the two schools, and the instruments for data collection was an Attitude to Morals Questionnaire (AMQ). The reliability and validity of the research instrument was assessed using Cronbach Alpha test with result of 0.91. The research questions and hypotheses were tested using mean score and two independent sample t-tests statistical methodology and all tests were computed at the 0.05 levels of significance with Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) version 26. The findings of this study revealed that young adult literature significantly impact on the morals of the high school students. It was also discovered that honesty and respect for elders varies significantly in both the experimental and control groups. More so, the result showed that tolerance of male does not vary significantly with that of the female students in the experimental group. Schools should equip their libraries with sufficient novels on young adult literatures, the teachers should dwell more on the plot, theme and characters in the novels. Students should be guided, and emphasis should be made on the need to read young adult literatures, and more time should be allotted on the school timetable for reading of young adult literature.

KEYWORDS
Attitude to Morals Questionnaire (AMQ); Young Adult Literature (YAL); Respect, Honesty; Tolerance

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