ERIC Number: EJ1102763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reading, Learning, and Growing: An Examination of the Benefits of Common Book Programs for First-Year Students' Development
Soria, Krista M.
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v27 n1 p29-47 Spr 2015
Despite the continued growth of common book reading programs on college and university campuses, little is known about the benefits of such programs on first-year students' development. Using a multi-institutional survey of undergraduates attending six large, public universities (n = 1,237), the present study examined relationships between first-year students' participation in common book reading programs and their self-reported development in academic skills and multicultural appreciation and competence. The results suggest that participation in such a program is significantly and positively associated with first-year students' self-reported development in academic skills and multicultural appreciation and competence, controlling for their participation in first-year seminar and learning communities, demographic characteristics, academic engagement, sense of belonging, faculty interactions, grade point average, and students' self-reported skills and competencies when they first arrived on campus.
Descriptors: College Students, Student Development, Reading Programs, Academic Ability, Multicultural Education, Interpersonal Competence, Self Disclosure (Individuals), First Year Seminars, Communities of Practice, Demography, Sense of Community, Grade Point Average, Skill Development, Program Effectiveness, Student Participation, Student Surveys, Educational Practices, Student Experience, Factor Analysis, Multiple Regression Analysis, Least Squares Statistics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California (Berkeley)
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