ERIC Number: ED327842
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The At-Risk College Student: A Paradigm for the Development of Critical Reading Skills.
Cherney, Elaine E.
Thirty-nine at-risk college freshmen participated in an eight week non-credit seminar in the Fall of 1989. At the beginning of the seminar, students indicated that they enjoyed reading, did leisure reading, and felt that lack of vocabulary, slow reading rate, and inability to concentrate were their major reading problems. They also described their primary study strategies as underlining and rereading. The first step in the reading/learning paradigm was to incorporate into the students' thinking about reading and learning the concept of three levels of learning (rote recall; drawing conclusions, evaluating, making judgments; and problem solving). The students were then given a series of exercises intended to help them better understand the significance of the concept. Students in the one section of the seminar where the paradigm was used obtained the highest grade point average of all sections of the seminar. Students learned quickly that learning means more than just memorization. (Appendixes include a list of books read for leisure during the summer, a reading self-assessment, a learning style self-assessment, a general self-assessment, a description of the three levels of learning, and a list of the types of activities in each level of learning.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Michigan State University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College Reading Association (34th, Nashville, TN, November 2-4, 1990).