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Reading comprehension. Do you think it is the fact why students fail exams?

  1. TeacherCaro profile image59
    TeacherCaroposted 6 years ago

    Reading comprehension. Do you think it is the fact why students fail exams?

    I'm searching about this topic and I'm reaching the conclusion that students usually fail exams due to a misunderstanding that started at primary school, what do you think?

  2. Catherine Kane profile image89
    Catherine Kaneposted 6 years ago

    Respectfully, I'd have to disagree.

    I think this is one causative factor, but the question seems to imply that this is the primary or only reason, and I jut don't think that this is the case

    1. TeacherCaro profile image59
      TeacherCaroposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for answering Cathering. I'm searching about this topic speciafically, Reading Comprehension as the cause. Can you add any more factors as regards this so as to polish my investigation? What is your opinion? I really appreciate your answer.

    2. Catherine Kane profile image89
      Catherine Kaneposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Other contributing factors can include not knowing how to study, not knowiing how to take tests, test anxiety, lack of adequate study environment, generalized stress, reading speed and lack of focus.
      And that doesn't even get into things like ADHD.

  3. Craig Suits profile image77
    Craig Suitsposted 6 years ago

    I can tell you flat out that kids fail in general because they
    haven't been trained properly from day one. It's that simple!

    1. Catherine Kane profile image89
      Catherine Kaneposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      sometimes its other things though, like not having a safe place to study or sleep; or clinical depression

    2. Craig Suits profile image77
      Craig Suitsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thats why I said "in general" teach...I  agree...

  4. wanomu profile image59
    wanomuposted 6 years ago

    According to some observations and informal research I have been doing, this is only one among many other factors.
    For example, mind dispersion is something I realize in many students, as a direct consequence of watching TV and playing video games.
    But also misunderstanding can have many sources. Lack of a extensive vocabulary, lack of concentration (dispersion), absence of reading habits or reading schemes based only on short "marketed" phrases and, in a high number, simply lack of motivation. A behavioral approach is not enough, as it is a demand the consideration of cognitive factors.
    There are lots of good studies done at several Universities, but they remain confined to specialists. I think it is an urgent requirement of education to go into these studies and make a scientific approach to the problem of learning and teaching at the school, at the student, at the teacher.
    Let me ask a simple question: Is it teaching nowadays a matter of transfer of knowledge or just a way to make students proficients in answering exams?
    I have some experience in this theme, from kindergarten to college, and I want to make myself available to you if you feel it could be helpful in your research.
    Ibrahin Ruiz
    wanomu@comcast.net

    1. Catherine Kane profile image89
      Catherine Kaneposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I'd say that teaching today is both transfering knowledge and learning to answer exams.
      And if you're lucky, you get a teacher who also teaches you how to think....

    2. TeacherCaro profile image59
      TeacherCaroposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for all the comments. They help me a lot! I think teaching is a difficukt task and much more if students fail at comprehension. We noticed at university level they cannot fill in a simple questionnaire just due to lack of reading comprehension

 
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