ERIC Number: ED244677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun-11
Reference Count: 0
Do College Courses Improve Basic Reading and Writing Skills?
A study was conducted to assess the extent to which taking college courses improves students' basic reading and writing skills. The study utilized data collected in fall 1983 by the Center for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) on 5,962 students in community college districts in Los Angeles, California; St. Louis, Missouri; and Miami-Dade, Florida. The CSCC studies used the General Academic Assessment (GAA) test to assess students' general education and liberal arts knowledge. Students' scores on the English usage section of the GAA and their self-ratings of their ability to edit written materials were correlated with academic background data to determine: (1) the relationship between the number of composition and reading courses taken by students and their GAA scores and self-ratings; (2) the relationship between the total number of college semester hours completed and GAA scores and self-ratings; and (3) the relationship between the date on which the student expected to qualify for an associate degree and his/her GAA score. The study found no solid evidence that the basic reading and writing skills of students improved as the students advanced through the curriculum. While students' confidence in their ability to edit written material seemed to improve with the number of reading and composition courses completed, there was no similar increase in actual writing and reading ability. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: General Academic Assessment Test
Note: Graduate seminar paper, University of California, Los Angeles.