ERIC Number: EJ720062
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: N/A
Learning and Study Practices of Postsecondary American Indian/Alaska Native Students
Aragon, Steven R.
Journal of American Indian Education, v43 n2 p1-18 2004
This study examined the learning and study practices of postsecondary American Indian/Alaska Native students attending community colleges in the southwest. Using a survey design, students completed the Kagan Matching Familiar Figures Test, the Schmeck, Ribich, and Ramanaiah Inventory of Learning Processes, and the Weinstein, Palmer, and Schulte Learning and Study Strategies Inventory. Results revealed that students had, at best, average learning and study skill abilities in and outside the classroom. Out of the 14 skills assessed, only four were identified to be at the "moderate or average" ability level. These included information processing, self-testing, use of study aids, methodical study, and elaborative processing. Three of these skill areas bordered "low/moderate" ability. These included level of motivation, ability to select main ideas, and fact retention. Six of these skill areas were identified to be at the "low" ability level. These skills included attitude, use of test strategies, concentration, level of anxiety, time management, and deep processing. Based on the results, recommendations are provided to institutions and faculty for facilitating the improvement of these learning and study strategies.
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indian Students, College Students, Study Skills, Learning Strategies, Study Habits, Anxiety, Time Management, Test Wiseness, Learning Motivation
Center for Indian Education, Arizona State University, College of Education, P.O. Box 871311, Tempe, AZ 95287-1311. Tel: 480-965-6292.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Inventory of Learning Processes; Learning and Study Strategies Inventory; Matching Familiar Figures Test