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Reading Comprehension among African American Graduate Students

Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie, Eric Mayes, Leslie Arthur, Joseph Johnson, Veronica Robinson, Shanté Ashe, Salman Elbedour and Kathleen M. T. Collins
The Journal of Negro Education
Vol. 73, No. 4, Special Focus: Parenting, Family, and Youth (Autumn, 2004), pp. 443-457
DOI: 10.2307/4129628
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4129628
Page Count: 15
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Reading Comprehension among African American Graduate Students
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Abstract

Studies in the area of reading ability at the college level have tended to focus on undergraduate students. The few investigations conducted on graduate students have focused either exclusively or at least primarily on White graduate students. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the reading comprehension performance of African American graduate students. Findings revealed that the African American sample attained statistically significantly higher levels of reading comprehension than did a normative sample of undergraduate students. On the other hand, the African American graduate students achieved lower levels of reading comprehension and reading vocabulary than did a comparison sample of White graduate students. Implications are discussed.

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