Date of Award

8-1989

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Dr. Arthur Smith

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the study skills, learning behaviors and academic success of a group of non-traditional aged college students in the Student Support Services Program at an upstate New York college and compare them with a group of traditional aged students in the same program. The subjects consisted of twenty-one adult students and twenty-one traditional aged students in the Student Support Services Program at SUNY College at Brockport. Mean scores earned on seven subscales of the LASSI and mean semester grade point averages were found for both groups and tested for significance at the 90% confidence level using a t test for independent means.

The data that significant difference in mean scores on the subscales of Time Management, Concentration, and Information Processing. The non-traditional aged student group displayed superiority. The non-traditional aged student group displayed higher mean scores on the subscales of Selecting Main Idea, Study Aids, Self Testing, and Test Strategies and a higher mean semester grade point average than the traditional aged student group, but the difference was not significant. The results of this study did not agree with the results of earlier studies which found adult students to be lacking in study skills.

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