Perceptions of struggling readers enrolled in a developmental reading course

Carolyn E Hitchens-Smith, Evan Ortlieb, Earl H Cheek, Jr.

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The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of collegiate students enrolled in a developmental reading course in a community college setting. Through issuing a survey and interviewing eight students in the course, researchers sought to explore developmental students? past reading experiences, present 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 beneficial in numerous ways. Course components led students to write better papers in other classes and towards enhanced vocabulary and comprehension skills. Collegiate educators, administrators, and methods instructors should heed its findings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2 - 24
Number of pages23
JournalGlobal Education Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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