ERIC Number: ED227445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Basic "How To's" for Validating a Study Skills Inventory.
Blasingame, Virginia G.
To find out what study skills were used by successful students at an urban commuter school whose primary degree program is business, the College Reading and Study Skills (CRSS) inventory was validated on 150 students. First the CRSS inventory was evaluated and revised slightly. The language of the statements was made positive and jargon free. The 48 statements were adapted to a five-point frequency-of-use scale ranging from "almost always" to "don't know." One open-ended question was included for respondents to reveal study skills not listed on the inventory. Subjects were selected according to the following criteria: 3.3 or better grade point average at the end of the fall term, enrollment in the spring term, completion of at least 60 credit hours, and bachelor's degree candidacy in the College of Business and Public Administration. Results of the validation project indicated that while the group did read textbooks adequately, they considered their thorough and organized class notetaking and follow-up study to be even more significant. Self-control was noted as crucial to their success because it enabled them to manage time, maintain interest in courses, keep up to date, and plan ahead for exams and special projects. These students also indicated that they could select and learn what was important in a course. Besides those skills related to day-to-day course work, the group also professed confidence in their library research and writing skills. Finally, the group proved to be readers. In spite of their schedules, most regularly read newspapers, magazines, and books. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: College Reading and Study Skills Inventory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Central Reading Association (25th, Flint, MI, October 22-23, 1982).