Study Skills for the Twenty-First Century: What Study Behaviors Do Students Use with Electronic Text?
Students report that they often do not use effective study strategies when studying in traditional paper-based formats. They report even less use of strategies when reading electronic text. Yet, today students read an increasing amount of on-line electronic text. In the information age, comprehension of this electronic-based material is essential for success in both school and the workplace. As electronic-based reading becomes increasingly essential in the classroom, educators need to provide instruction that assists students in comprehending text in this environment. This session will build on past research by the authors about the use of study skills by adolescents. A study skills survey was completed by a group of adolescents at The Hague International Model United Nations program in 2004. Adolescents reported their use of study skills in paper and electronic text. 89.9% of these adolescents reported reading computer-based text. However, many reported that they do not use crucial study skills that require comprehension, navigation skills needed to select relevant information, or assessment of the relevance of the electronic text. A second study surveyed English Language Learners aged 10 to adult and found similar results. The audience will be asked to consider their own study strategies and behaviors while using electronic text. Implications for new ways to study in the twenty-first century will be discussed.
Keywords: Study Strategies, Study Behaviors, Electronic Text and Study
Dr. Judy Richardson
Professor Emerita, Teaching & Learning
Dr. Richardson’s interests are in the use of technology in literacy applications and connections between English Second Language and literacy. She visits Macedonia where she is part of a team of adolescent literacy educators who are helping design a literacy-based curriculum for vocational educational schools.
Dr. Joan Rhodes
Assistant Professor, Teaaching and Learning
A recent article is:Study Skills in the Electronic Age. In P. Linder, M. B. Sampson, J. A. R. Dugan, & B. Brancato (Eds.), The College Reading Association Yearbook (pp. 221-235). Logan, UT: College Reading Association, authors Rhodes, J. A., Robnolt, Valerie J., & Richardson, J. S. (2006).
Dr. Valerie Robnolt
Assistant Professor, Teaching and Learning