ERIC Number: ED188133
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Meeting the Reading and Study Skills Needs of Nontraditional College Students for the 80's.
Sheridan, E. Marcia
A series of studies was conducted to determine the reading and study skills needs of nontraditional students in the Indiana University-South Bend open enrollment program. An investigation of reading level conducted with 61 students in introductory English classes determined that 20% were at the remedial level in reading and more than 44% were at that level in study skills; in addition, 6.5% were below the 7.9 grade equivalent in reading and 4.8% were below that level in study skills. Another study determined that the average reading level of GED tests was grade 10, and that they required little in analytical reading and thinking skills. College textbooks in various subjects were tested for readability level, and the mean level was grade 12.8. Recommendations for recruiting nontraditional students include the following: administer a battery of tests on admission to identify those students remedial in basic skills so that they may be properly advised, offer courses in remedial reading and study skills, and establish a minimal level of competency for admission to the university, as well as a criterion level for referral to remedial reading. (DF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Research prepared at Indiana University.