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ERIC Number: ED385829
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
College Study Skill Text Analysis Based on Validated Research Recommendations.
Bryant, Diane; Lindeman, Troy
Ten randomly sampled college reading/study skill texts published since 1987 were analyzed based on external text aids and validated research recommendations. Many articles exist that contain a detailed description of one specific skill such as mapping, underlining, sequencing, etc., but only one recent article, "Ten Recommendations from Research for Teaching High-Risk College Students" (N. Stahl and others), contained a wide variety of instructional suggestions which could accommodate these researched skills. The criteria were drawn from the above mentioned article and "Content Area Reading" by R. T. and J. L. Vacca (1989), and the results were charted, tabulated, and discussed. Research suggests that instructors should select a text that contains a wide variety of skills, but many published texts do not. Fifteen students who were in college or were college-bound selected a book of their choice and commented freely. The students overwhelmingly found most texts to be "boring, unmotivating, and unhelpful." The survey findings suggest that to select an appropriate text instructors of remedial study skills courses should have a good knowledge base of the latest research, as well as a strong concept of the method they wish to incorporate into their program. Findings suggest (and earlier research states) that the usage of a wide variety of texts may prove to be beneficial for the instructor of college remedial reading courses in order to incorporate research recommendations. (Contains a list of works cited for analyzed texts and 16 references. Three appendixes of data are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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