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ERIC Number: ED398941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 6
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Underprepared Students: Challenges Facing College Faculty.
Gudan, Sirkka
There has been a significant increase in the numbers of underprepared students entering colleges and universities. At Schoolcraft College, in Michigan, data consistently indicate that large percentages of students score below college level in reading, writing, and mathematics skills. Classroom techniques that can help faculty better meet the needs of underprepared students include "uncovering" the curriculum by providing students with clear outlines of concepts or chapters to be covered, teaching students how to generate questions, and using collaborative learning activities. Schoolcraft College implemented strategies for underprepared students that focused on cognitive strategies, including the pairing of a developmental reading course with a psychology course to help students apply reading, study, and test taking strategies learned in the reading course to the psychology course. For comparison, a control group was established of students in the same reading range taking the same psychology course without the paired class. Results indicated that the paired group had significantly higher final course grades and a 14% lower withdrawal rate than the control group. Paired students also demonstrated an increase in motivation and use of learning strategies. The college also implemented a college success course providing learning to learn strategies and workshops for faculty to share teaching techniques. Recommendations for department chairs interested in addressing underprepared students' needs are included. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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