ERIC Number: EJ1125339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Does Literacy Skill Level Predict Performance in Community College Courses: A Replication and Extension
Allen, Nancy J.; DeLauro, Kimberly A.; Perry, Julia K.; Carman, Carol A.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v41 n3 p203-216 2017
Previous research has found a positive relationship between students who had completed a sequence of developmental reading and writing courses and success in a reading-intensive college-level course. This study replicates and expands upon the previous research of Goldstein and Perin (2008) by utilizing a differently diverse sample and an additional literacy-demanding course in an attempt to broaden the findings. Binary logistic regression and multiple regression analyses were performed on data gathered from a large urban community college. The purpose was to predict success and performance--from literacy, demographic, and academic variables--in two literacy-demanding courses, psychology and geography. A number of variables, including literacy skill level, positively predicted successful grades in the courses. This study found that students who had originally tested into a developmental reading and/or writing course upon entrance into a community college and had taken the sequence of developmental courses prior to taking a content course were more successful than students who had placed into a developmental course, but had not taken the developmental sequence. These findings also suggest the more literacy skills a student has gained through completion of higher levels of English courses, the more likely the student will successfully complete a content course in which those skills are required.
Descriptors: Correlation, Developmental Studies Programs, Reading Skills, Literacy, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, English Instruction, Remedial Instruction, Grades (Scholastic), Student Characteristics, Student Placement, Student Records, Multiple Regression Analysis, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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