ERIC Number: ED268490
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct-25
Reading Skills and Courses in High School.
Small, Donald R.; Chambers, Mary Green
Noting the positive relationships between reading skills and academic performance, a study investigated the relationship between the reading skills of 172 freshmen in developmental reading courses and the number of college preparatory courses completed in high school. It was hypothesized that there would be a significantly positive relationship between comprehension and vocabulary scores and the frequency of college preparatory courses completed in high school. High school course credits from transcripts for each subject were categorized into three subject areas: (1) communications and literary arts, (2) business and vocational arts, and (3) science and mathematics. Courses were further classified as core, general, or preparatory, based on state department of education criteria, and a count under classification was recorded for each student. The results did not appear to support the expectation or validate the underlying assumptions. Students with greater reading abilities were overrepresented among those with fewer college preparatory courses to their credit, based on correlational analysis. Since the study did not observe actual performance in courses taken in high school, the relationship between academic performance and reading ability, per se, can be neither confirmed nor rejected. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College Reading Association (29th, Pittsburgh, PA, October 24-26, 1985).