ERIC Number: ED231422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
The Study Behavior of Community College Students.
Mueller, Richard J.; Gibson, Ernest E.
During fall 1982, a study was conducted at a community college in the western suburbs of Chicago to determine the relationship between students' demographic and scholastic characteristics and their study skills and habits. In addition, the study assessed the psychometric qualities of the Study Behavior Inventory (SBI), a 45-item instrument focusing on general study attitudes and behaviors; reading and note-taking techniques; and ability to cope with examinations. A random sample of 3,078 students enrolled in 151 randomly selected class sections was administered the SBI, and resulting data were analyzed statistically by means of the t-test for independence and analysis of variance procedures. The study revealed, among other findings, that: (1) all measures of academic performance showed a relationship with SBI scores; (2) students who expressed a need for study skills assistance had consistently lower SBI scores than students who felt no need for assistance; (3) the rates of self-reported need for assistance ranged from 23.4% for help in preparing for objective examinations to a high of 55.7% for assistance in study skills; (4) as the age of the students increased, their SBI scores increased; and (5) females had higher SBI scores than males. The study report includes recommendations for improving both study skills and the SBI and for further research. The SBI is appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Illinois Univ., De Kalb. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: Study Behavior Inventory