Type of Document Dissertation Author Hitchens-Smith, Carolyn Elise Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-06072007-094204 Title Perceptions of Traditional and Non-Traditional Students Enrolled in a Developmental Reading Course in a Community College Setting Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Department Curriculum & Instruction Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Earl Cheek Committee Chair Jim Wandersee Committee Member Krissana Machtmes Committee Member Pam Blanchard Committee Member Sarah Liggett Dean's Representative Keywords
- developmental reading
- community college
Date of Defense 2007-05-09 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of developmental students enrolled in a developmental reading course in a community college setting.
A reading course questionnaire and interest/attitude inventory was completed by the students. In addition, individual interview were conducted. Eight students participated in the study that addressed more fully the impact of the developmental reading course on their achievement.
Research questions sought to explore developmental studentsí past reading experiences, past reading experiences, and perceptions of the developmental reading course.
Results of the study suggest that classroom instruction focusing on comprehension and vocabulary activities presented in a developmental reading course in a community college setting was helpful. Some of the case study participants indicated they were able to write better papers in other subject areas and increased their vocabulary skills and comprehension.
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