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ERIC Number: EJ1068177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1559-9035
The Self-System of a Struggling College Reader: "I Just Figured Somewhere along the Line I Was Gonna Fail"
Nash-Ditzel, Susan
Journal of Language and Literacy Education, v6 n2 p68-84 2010
This qualitative study aims at explaining reading beliefs and behaviors of college students taking a developmental reading course through analyzing components of the students' self-systems. A student's self-system is comprised of many different factors that may or may not develop in tandem through experiences in and out of school (Borkowski, Carr, Rellinger, & Pressley (1990). These factors include: self-efficacy, self-esteem, locus of control, achievement, motivation, and attributional beliefs of learning. Unfortunately not all students' self-systems develop appropriately. Schraw and Bruning (1999) claim that as the self-system weakens, a student's ability to engage in deeper processing of a text also diminishes. I used the self-system framework to understand my students' learning and reading beliefs and behaviors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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