Title page for ETD etd-06072007-094204

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Hitchens-Smith, Carolyn Elise
Author's Email Address carolyn_aka@bellsouth.net
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
  • developmental reading
  • community college
Date of Defense 2007-05-09
Availability unrestricted
The 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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