ERIC Number: ED187418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
A Comparative Study of Reading Success and Grade Point Average of Westark Community College Freshman Nursing Students.
A study involving 81 freshmen nursing students at Westark Community College was conducted during 1975-76 to determine the role reading proficiency plays in the academic success of nursing students and the extent to which a developmental reading course improves reading capability. Using the Nelson-Denny Reading Test, student vocabulary, comprehension, reading rate, and total reading ability were measured in Fall 1975 and again in Fall 1976. The academic grades earned by the students in nursing technology and human biology courses were compared with the test results, and the reading improvement of the 12 students who underwent remedial reading instruction was compared with the improvement registered by a sample of students who had similar pre-test scores but who had not taken the developmental course. Study findings indicate that, with few exceptions, students with higher reading levels achieved higher grades and that reading rate was the least significant of the four variables in academic success. The development reading students registered higher mean gains in all reading areas than did the other students. The study report provides data tables illustrating test results. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Westark Community Coll., Fort Smith, AR.