ERIC Number: ED056845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Designs and Organizational Structure of Junior and Community College Reading Programs Across the Nation.
Sweiger, Jill D.
A 34-item questionnaire was sent to 823 junior and community colleges across the nation to collect information about their reading programs. Of the 378 responses, 288 were used in this study. The survey revealed a high degree of similarity within the reading courses at these colleges as illustrated in the following. (1) Students are admitted through three main criteria: referral, student selection, and results of entrance exams. (2) Most of the faculty members hold graduate degrees in English or are reading specialists, and 99 percent of them accept some diagnostic testing responsibilities. (3) Standardized reading tests are given to entering students and at the end of the course; the most frequently used test is the Nelson Denny Reading Test. (4) Fifty percent of the schools reported maximum class size to be 20 to 25 students, and the total instructional hours range from 2 to 5 hours per week. (5) The course content is primarily the basic reading skills; sometimes speed reading and study skills are also included. Major differences between the school reading programs are primarily related to the mechanics of organization of the courses such as credits offered, hours of instruction, number of courses, reading ability of students, grading system, and affiliation of the course with other divisions of the school. Tables, references, and appendixes are included. (AW)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Conference Reports, Course Content, Course Organization, Diagnostic Tests, Enrollment, Instructional Materials, National Surveys, Questionnaires, Reading Programs, Teacher Background, Two Year Colleges
National Reading Conference, Inc., Marquette University, 1217 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Wis. 53233
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Note: Paper presented at the National Reading Conference, Tampa, Fla., Dec. 1971