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Jacobs, Walter R.; Reynolds, Thomas J.; Choy, Gregory P. – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2004
Three professors explicitly examined how educational dialogue and narrative informed their students' reading and writing experiences. In three introductory courses (composition, sociology, and literature) each taught in a developmental education unit within a large research university, students wrote at least one story about "social ghosts," the…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Introductory Courses, College Students, Sociology
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Quarshie Smith, Beatrice – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2004
Writing instruction in the United States now routinely takes place in networked environments. For adult learners in open admissions institutions, the literacy demands of the academic sphere and the public nature of the acts of writing in networked environments can create alienating experiences. This study examined the possibilities that the genre…
Descriptors: Open Enrollment, Autobiographies, Adult Students, Adult Learning
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Cole, James S.; Denzine, Gypsy M. – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2004
This study looked at the relationship of explanatory style and self-systems (including self-esteem and self-efficacy) and the motivation (expectations for success and task value) of students who were dissatisfied with their performance in a particular class. One result is the confirmation that situated variables such as self-efficacy provide the…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Academic Achievement, Student Motivation, Self Esteem
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Van Blerkom, Malcolm L.; Van Blerkom, Dianna L. – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2004
This study examined self-monitoring strategies used by both developmental and non-developmental college students. Students were asked to describe how they know when they have completed a reading assignment, have studied enough for a quiz, and have studied enough for an examination. It was anticipated that at the beginning of the semester, the…
Descriptors: Reading Assignments, College Students, Developmental Programs, Learning Strategies
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Ryan, Michael P.; Glenn, Patricia A. – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2004
This paper presents an analysis of two common seminar formats: those based on learning- strategies interventions and those based on academic socialization interventions. The results of a natural experiment allowed a comparison of the retention impact of a strategy-based seminar and a socialization-focused seminar. For both more and less…
Descriptors: Seminars, Socialization, Learning Strategies, Class Rank
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Angus, Kathryn Bartle; Greenbaum, JoAnne – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2003
Notes that the continuing public discussion on the quality of education has nearly overlooked adult readers and learners. Explains that this position statement was developed over several years, using input from the College Reading and Learning Association members. Addresses adult students' rights in the areas of quality instructors, instruction,…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Instructional Material Evaluation
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Harrison, Shari – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2003
Explores policies and practices that support the creation of a successful learning environment for postsecondary students with learning disabilities. Outlines the learning challenges that learning-disabled students face and discusses the legal mandate for accommodating students with learning disabilities. Outlines the pedagogical rationale for…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Environment, Learning Disabilities, Learning Strategies
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Simpson, Michele L.; Rush, Leslie – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2003
Notes that in order to help students with the rigors of the first year of college, many postsecondary institutions offer some form of academic assistance. Describes a program evaluation study, which aimed to determine if students changed in their personal beliefs about an academic discipline and if they changed in the strategic behavior they…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, College Freshmen, Higher Education, Learning Strategies
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Wurr, Adrian J. – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2003
Discusses whether reading in a second language is different than reading in one's first language. Examines recent case studies of adult English as a Second Language readers who are literate in their native language that illustrate the varying degrees to which readers access their primary language knowledge when reading in a second language. Finds…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Case Studies, English (Second Language), Higher Education
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Cox, Steven R.; Friesner, Daniel L.; Khayum, Mohammed – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2003
Notes that as student enrollment in colleges and universities has increased, there has simultaneously been a proliferation of developmental skills programs. Presents some empirical evidence of the effectiveness of three reading skills courses. Suggests that underprepared readers' success in college is directly related to taking and passing a…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Reading Improvement
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Stephens, Jane; Corey, Jean; Chapman, Iris – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2003
Proposes that the literal process of reading is a far more active process than most would imagine. Attempts to establish a notion of a good reader as both a model for reading and a model for teaching. Contends that each person is deeply affected by the way he or she is "read" by others and that educators need to take care to "read" students…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Reading Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Johnson, Todd; Coomes, Jackie; Higbee, Jeanne L.; Sanborn, Fred W. – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2003
Includes three responses to David Lemire's article "Math Problem Solving and Mental Discipline." Contends that quality mathematics instruction should result in citizens capable of functioning productively in this highly technological, capitalistic, and democratic society. Proposes that mathematics is very relevant for real-life problem solving.…
Descriptors: Curriculum Evaluation, Daily Living Skills, Higher Education, Mathematics Instruction
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Lemire, Dave; Gray, Jerry – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2003
Explains that the concern of learning style research is to identify student characteristics, which are related to instructional methods and learning outcomes in educationally significant ways. Demonstrates that styles as measured by the Ego Inventory Instrument have some desirable reliability and validity qualities. Proposes that in addition to…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Cultural Context, Gender Issues, Higher Education
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Bell, James H.; Short, Sara – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2003
Interviews 11 self-defined underachieving college freshmen. Synthesizes 13 definitions of achievement by students. Analyzes the interviews repeatedly to produce a list of the students' concepts of achievement, arranged from the most common to the least common. Finds each student held more than one definition of achieving, some definitions in the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Freshmen, Freshman Composition, Higher Education
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Wright, Robin Redmon – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2003
Examines affective influences on male student attitudes toward peer tutoring. Indicates that gender-specific sociolinguistic characteristics as well as cultural pressures impacted male students' willingness to seek academic assistance. Finds that both male developmental mathematics tutors and male developmental mathematics students admitted to…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Males, Mathematics Instruction, Peer Teaching
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