ERIC Number: ED217898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: 0
A Three-Year Profile and Evaluation of the Learning Support Center's Reading and English Courses, 1974-1976.
Elkin, Carolyn P.; And Others
Selected demographic variables, Nelson-Denny Reading Test Scores, and grades were obtained to establish a profile of Miami-Dade Community College's Learning Support Center's (LSC's) reading and English students and to evaluate the LSC's courses in terms of student outcomes. The study of 6,108 students enrolled in LSC's English 179 and Reading 179 from 1974 through 1976 showed that: (1) the proportion of male students declined over the three-year period, though the proportions of male and female students did not depart greatly from a 50-50 balance; (2) the mean age of students ranged from 21.3 to 25.3; (3) the proportion of white students ranged from 59.3% to 40.1%; (4) while the proportion of white students decreased, the proportion of black students increased; (5) the proportion of students reading at grade level 9.9 and below increased in the 1976 academic year, while the proportion reading at the 13.0 grade level and above decreased slightly; (6) student pre-test scores on the Nelson-Denny Reading Test had some predictive validity for subsequent grade point averages; and (7) significant differences in pre-test scores were observed on the basis of ethnicity, with white students scoring highest. Based on the study, it was concluded that the LSC, which provides individualized, self-paced instruction within a laboratory setting, is meeting the basic skills needs of students regardless of sex, age, ethnicity, or reading level and that special efforts should be made to recruit students with low reading skills. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. South Campus.