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ERIC Number: ED410527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Aliteracy among College Students: Why Don't They Read?
Goodwin, Latty
A study examined the reading behaviors of college students--in particular it asked why aliteracy occurs among college students. A survey designed to identify the aliterate population was administered to a psychology class of 40 students from a variety of majors, and included both genders, some ethnic variety (mostly Anglo), and a range of ages. From the survey, 11 subjects were selected. To determine if the students read at an appropriate college level, the Nelson-Denny standardized reading comprehension test was administered to the eight students who responded. Results indicated that all performed above the twelfth-grade equivalent reading level. Of the eight, seven students showed up for individual interviews. Findings suggest that many of them had disliked reading as children and had fathers who limited their own reading to newspapers and work-related text; most mothers, and many sisters, were keen readers; and, while all indicated that they rarely read the textbook, five students expected an "A." All seven students identified themselves as aliterate on the survey; however, they all read something--while they were not leisure readers, they would read how-to manuals or skim chapters before a test. (Contains 5 figures of data and 21 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Nelson Denny Reading Tests