ERIC Number: ED238621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-19
Reference Count: 0
Academic Achievement and Reading Ability: Hispanics, Males and Females.
Rivera, Manuel G.
To determine the relationship of reading ability to age, sex, Hispanic ethnicity, and majors in economics, political science, history, and psychology, 141 students who completed summer social science courses at a California community college were given the Nelson Denny Reading Test, which scores for vocabulary and comprehension. Of the 141 students, 77 were females, 48 males, and 16 Hispanics (not differentiated by sex); average age was 23. For females, correlations were significant at the .01 level between grade and vocabulary, comprehension, and total score. Male and Hispanic correlations were not significant at .05 or .01 levels. F ratios were computed to determine if mean differences of age, vocabulary, comprehension, total score, and grade were significant at .01 or .05 levels. The vocabulary and total score F ratio indicated that differences between the means of males, Hispanics, and females were significant at .01 level. In analysis by academic discipline, economics students obtained the highest mean grade, followed by political science, psychology, and history; economics students had the highest grade level equivalency (14.6), then history (13.9), psychology (13.7), and political science (13.2). Findings indicated academic achievement was related to vocabulary and comprehension ability in reading. (MH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Age Differences, College Students, Community Colleges, Correlation, Females, Grade Equivalent Scores, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Majors (Students), Males, Reading Ability, Reading Comprehension, Scores, Sex Differences, Social Sciences, Summer Schools, Vocabulary Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California Community Colleges; Nelson Denny Reading Tests
Note: Paper presented at the National Association for Chicano Studies, Northern California Regional Conference (Santa Clara, CA, November 19, 1983).