Identifier

etd-11162006-121033

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Education

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

A large number of entering college and university students are unable to derive meaning from print at age-expected levels. The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR; Klingner, Vaughn, Dimino, Schumm, & Bryant, 2001) in improving the reading comprehension skills of underprepared college students. Sixteen (8 experimental and 8 control) first-time male college student athletes entering their freshman year at a research-intensive university in the southeastern United States participated in the study. An experimental design was implemented to address the following research question: What effects does a multistrategy reading comprehension intervention (i.e., CSR) have on the reading comprehension skills of academically underprepared students entering a postsecondary setting? Results showed there were statistically significant findings in favor of the experimental group for an informal dependent measure and non-significant results for a standardized measure. Study implications, limitations, and areas of future research are discussed.

Date

2006

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Paul Mooney

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