ERIC Number: ED225103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Improving Reading/Study Skills in a College Content Class.
Gillis, M. K.; Olson, Mary W.
Reading educators stress the importance of teaching reading study skills in college content area classes. Thus, a freshman level reading education course offered the opportunity simultaneously to model effective practices for preservice teachers and to conduct a study of the gains in both content knowledge and reading study skills for students who had been taught study skills integrated with course content. Subjects, 121 undergraduates enrolled in 4 sections of a freshman level reading education course, were randomly assigned to experimental or control groups. After training, the control groups tutored primary grade children in public schools, while the experimental groups attended a standard lecture-based college class in which reading study skills were taught concurrently with the course content. Analysis of pretest and posttest data showed that the experimental group reported significantly improved study habits and attitudes as opposed to the control group. Course content scores also proved that if subjects were taught course content, they learned it, and that merging course content with reading study skills instruction did not hinder content learning. Reading comprehension and vocabulary also improved for the experimental group. Students also used what they learned in other classes and in their own teaching. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest Texas State Univ., San Marcos.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College Reading Association (26th, Philadelphia, PA, October 28-30, 1982).