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ERIC Number: EJ1135576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1931-4744
Why University Students Don't Read: What Professors Can Do to Increase Compliance
Hoeft, Mary E.
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v6 n2 Article 12 Jul 2012
This article reports findings from two studies assessing reading compliance among first semester freshmen at a small Midwestern two-year liberal arts university. The first study assessed reading compliance of students enrolled in two sections of First Year Seminar, finding that 46% of students reported that they read assignments, yet only 55% of those students were able to demonstrate the most basic level of comprehension of the material they claimed to have read. Reasons most frequently cited by students to explain their failure to read and advice that noncompliant readers say will increase their compliance are identified. The second study assessed reading compliance in a 3-course learning community of first semester freshmen, incorporating one piece of noncompliant reader advice in each of the courses, finding that quizzes and graded journals greatly increased reading compliance.
Centers for Teaching & Technology at Georgia Southern University. IJ-SoTL, Georgia Southern University, Henderson Library 1301, Statesboro, GA 30460. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
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