ERIC Number: ED122879
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Publication Date: 1976-Apr
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Life Change and Reading Achievement as Predictors of Academic Performance for Selected Community College Freshmen.
Henard, Kay Fields; Stenning, Walter F.
This document examines the measurement of reading achievement and life change (amount and rate of change as a stress producing factor) as possible alternatives to traditional entrance examinations in the community college. In fall 1974, the Nelson-Denny Reading Test (NDRT) was administered to 403 entering freshmen at Amarillo College (Texas). In spring 1975, all 326 continuing students who had taken the NDRT were mailed a demographic data questionnaire, a Social and Collegiate Readjustment Rating Questionnaire (SCRRO), and an attitude survey. In all, 172 (53 percent) responded, and 117 were selected as study subjects. The following dependent measures were identified for each of the respondents: (1) first and second semester course loads completed; (2) first semester, second semester, and composite grade point average; (3) attitude variables. Reading achievement was found to be significant as a measure of course hour load and grade point average. Life change, however, was an effective predictor only of effective completion of course hour load. The interaction of reading achievement and life change was significant as a predictor only of course hour load. Complete survey data are tabulated, and a survey of the literature is included. (NHM)
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