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ERIC Number: ED548478
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov-2
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Student Disposition, Textbooks, and Class Time: What Do They Really Want?
Skidmore, Ronald L.; Aagaard, Lola; Conner, Timothy W., II
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Oxford, MS, Nov 2-4, 2011)
The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between student beliefs regarding instructor-imposed activities to encourage student use of course textbooks and Life Orientation (i.e., dispositional optimism or pessimism). A convenience cluster sample (n = 105) was obtained from students taking summer classes at a regional state university in the Mid-South. The Life Orientation Test-Revised was administered at the beginning of the semester, and yielded subscales of pessimism, optimism and a total LOT score. Additionally, students completed a researcher-designed survey regarding textbooks and use of class time. The LOT variables were analyzed for a relationship to student preferences regarding textbooks and use of class time. Analyses indicated that (a) students with higher optimism trended toward not reading assignments from the text, (b) an instructor prepared study guide might "push" both higher optimism and higher pessimism students to read the text, (c) using the text in class would not encourage either students exhibiting higher pessimism or higher LOT to read the text ahead of time, and (d) higher LOT and higher pessimism students are more likely to prefer individual vs. group presentations related to the textbook. Further investigation is warranted implementing quasi-experimental methods, various types of text guides, and formative assessments. Two appendices include: (1) Textbook and Use of Class Time Survey; and (2) Life Orientation Test--Revised. (Contains 4 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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