ERIC Number: ED110106
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Poor Academic Performance--Why?
Blai, Boris, Jr.
In an effort to identify problem areas related to poor academic performance at Harcum Junior College (Pennsylvania), an anonymous mail questionnaire survey was conducted among all day division faculty in May 1975. The first part of the survey asked respondents to rank 21 listed characteristics of "poor" students. The findings for the Harcum faculty are compared with the findings of a previous administration of a similar questionnaire to faculty at Frostburg State College (Maryland). Both faculties considered the inability to synthesize and apply conceptual principles to be the most prevalent characteristic of the academically poor student. Furthermore, both faculties considered negative attitudes toward the teacher or course content to be the least prevalent characteristic. The second part of the survey asked respondents to select from a list of four characteristics the most common cause of poor academic performance: 30.5 percent selected poor study habits; 29.2 percent selected lack of knowledge and skills; 22.2 percent selected lack of motivation; and 18.1 percent selected poor classroom participation--these opinions varied significantly from those of the Frostburg faculty. The implications of these findings are noted, and a bibliography is included. The remarks of Harcum respondents to the open-ended questionnaire items are appended. (Author/DC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harcum Junior Coll., Bryn Mawr, PA.