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ERIC Number: EJ933532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1046-3364
The Connection between Lack of Support Service Use and Background Experience in Developmental Students
Di Tommaso, Kathrynn
Research & Teaching in Developmental Education, v27 n2 p5-21 Spr 2011
This paper presents a follow-up to a previously published paper "The Connection between Role Model Relationships and Self-Direction in Developmental Students" and is based on findings from the same study. The study used observations and interviews to explore the ways in which a cohort of developmental writing students described their understanding of seven non-cognitive variables. The variables studied included finances, study management, college surroundings, views of self, views of education, motivation, and interpersonal relationships. Findings indicated that participants often did not utilize support services on campus because they did not know that they were available, lacked the time to attend them, were not self-aware enough to know that they needed them, or associated the services with academic failure and viewed themselves as currently successful. These results demonstrate that developmental students lack the background experience to understand the availability and purposes of these services or to regard services as capable of facilitating their educational success. Implications for future programs include encouraging student participation in support services through mandatory learning assistance, regular counseling sessions, teacher-student conferences, and course content.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York