USG Teaching and Learning Conference: Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning
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Wednesday, April 8 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Analysis of Reading Speed and Comprehension in STEM Students at Georgia Gwinnett College

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Candace Timpte, Peter Sakaris, Lee Kurtz, Mark Schleuter, Jill Penn, Latanya Hammonds-Odie

Successful students must be able to comprehend and summarize their college level reading assignments and critical thinking can begin only after readers have information and knowledge. Faculty members frequently note that students either do not read or have difficulty reading. Moreover, students frequently report that college level texts are difficult to read. In this study, students read a passage with a time limit, summarized the passage and answered comprehension questions. Student reading scores are analyzed with respect to number of college hours completed, GPA, ethnicity, English as a second language skills and other metrics. Since successful science students must understand and interpret literature that uses technical language appropriate to the field, we hope to document correlations between reading comprehension and student success in order to better understand difficulties STEM students encounter.

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Latanya Hammonds-Odie

Associate Professor of Biology, Georgia Gwinnett College
Latanya has held faculty positions at Spelman College and Dillard University before joining the faculty at GGC in 2009. She earned her MS and PhD at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Pharmacology and Cell Biology, respectively. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship... Read More →
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Lee Kurtz

Professor of Biology, Georgia Gwinnett College

Candace Timpte

Professor, Georgia Gwinnett College
Student reading and comprehension in STEMGlobal water crisis and raising student awareness while meeting course goalsDEI and classroom inclusivity

Wednesday April 8, 2015 3:30pm - 4:15pm EDT
Room R

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