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ERIC Number: ED284185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Reading and Study Skills of College Students: A Descriptive Study.
Woodley, John W.
A study investigated the ability of university undergraduates in introductory classes to study effectively. Subjects, 64 students in a western civilization class and 68 students in a sociology class at a moderately sized comprehensive university in a northern plains state, were administered a cloze passage constructed from the textbook being used, as well as a study skills inventory questionnaire relating to reading strategies. Results of the cloze passage procedure clearly indicated that the reading assignments were written at the frustration reading level for students who were expected to read and learn from them, suggesting that the students would need to develop effective study skills--such as practical reading strategies--to deal with the technically difficult material assigned in their classes. Results of the study skills inventory indicated that either the students' strategies for underlining or taking notes during reading were considerably less effective than their strategies for notetaking during lectures, or that they simply had not read the assigned materials. Findings showed that strategies and techniques to help students with content area reading would be most effective if taught at the secondary school level and continued at the university level. (Tables of data are included, and references are appended.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A