ERIC Number: ED382240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Examination of the Learning and Psycho-Social Skills Needed by and Barriers for Remedial Students at Mercer County Community College.
Bolge, Robert D.
An exploratory study was conducted at Mercer County Community College to identify the skills needed and external barriers suffered by most remedial students enrolled at the college, and to develop a preliminary ranking of these skills and barriers according to their perceived importance by faculty. A survey instrument identifying 26 learning skills, 25 psycho-social skills, and 16 psycho-social and external barriers was administered to a sample of 57 remedial instructors. The survey received an 80% response rate from full-time faculty, and a 64% response rate from part-time instructors. Study findings included the following: (1) over 75% of the faculty indicated that most of their students lacked skills in analyzing, comprehending, explaining, focusing, retaining over time, outlining, synthesizing, generalizing, framing answers, verifying, integrating, summarizing, and framing questions; (2) when asked to select the skills which needed immediate attention, more than 50% of the respondents selected only five; i.e., analyzing, focusing, comprehending, retaining over time, and integrating; (3) over 92% of the faculty indicated that most of their students needed good study habits, notetaking, time management skills, knowing what to study, and perseverance, and over 50% indicated that these areas and, additionally, the skill of knowing when help is needed, should get immediate attention; (4) the most significant barriers to academic success were perceived to be employment demands, family and domestic demands, time to study, and child care; and (5) there were some significant differences in the ways in which full- and part-time faculty perceived their students' needs. (Contains 25 references.) (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mercer County Community Coll., Trenton, NJ.