ERIC Number: ED335644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
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Improving Reading Comprehension of Underprepared College Students.
Doughty, Irma Darrow
A practicum was designed to improve reading comprehension of 10 basic skills college students by providing training using 5 specific strategies and techniques. Five specific strategies based on a review of the literature were selected: (1) metacognitive awareness; (2) discussion; (3) self-monitoring charts; (4) use of pictures as an introduction to critical reading skills; and (5) use of memory processes. To evaluate the success of the program, the following instruments were administered at the beginning and end of the program: a reading performance chart, a student self-perception survey, a student self-monitoring chart, a memory checklist, and pre and post standardized tests. Specific goals were to improve students' attitudes toward reading, to improve skills in four critical reading areas, to increase the amount of time spent in reading for pleasure, and to improve their grades in reading comprehension. The results of the practicum were positive. Analysis of the data revealed that students in the target group improved their reading comprehension and their attitude towards reading. Gains were made by students for each objective that was measured. Students involved in the practicum scored high enough on post-test scores to permit them to enter college-level courses. (Fourteen references and 14 appendixes of the evaluative instruments and practicum materials are attached.) (Author/PRA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.