ERIC Number: ED312609
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: 0
The Relation between College Students' Reading Strategies, Attitudes, and Course Performance.
Dretzke, Beverly J.; Keniston, Allen H.
A study examined the relation between individual differences in reading behavior and achievement in college students. Subjects, 197 students enrolled in four undergraduate psychology courses at a midwestern university, completed questionnaires concerning their reading strategies, attitudes toward reading, and personal background information. Responses to the strategy and attitude items on the questionnaire were submitted to factor analysis. Results indicated that a distinct set of factors, which replicated the factors identified by G. E. Rice and B. J. F. Meyer in their 1986 study, was generated: (1) enjoyment of reading; (2) summarizing strategy; (3) detail rehearsal strategy; (4) relating strategy; and (5) main idea strategy. Results also indicated that enjoyment of reading, summarizing strategy, and main idea strategy were positively correlated with course grades. Findings suggest that the survey instrument would be a valuable diagnostic tool to recommend reading strategies for students who are doing poorly in their course work. (Three tables of data are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (61st, Chicago, IL, May 4-6, 1989).