Role of study skills in graduate-level educational research courses

Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie, John R. Slate, Robert A. Schwartz

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Graduate students' predominant study skill strengths and weaknesses were examined, as well as the relationship between specific study skills and achievement in a research methodology course. Graduate students (N = 122) from various education disciplines who were enrolled in 3 sections of an educational research course at a southeast university were administered the Study Habits Inventory (Jones & Slate, 1992). Students responded appropriately to 57.8% of the statements measuring study skills. Although that proportion was significantly higher than that found for undergraduate students in previous studies, graduate students could benefit from study skills training. Study skill weaknesses were identified in the areas of note taking and reading skills. Regression and discriminant analyses led to the identification of specific study behaviors that discriminated higher and lower levels of course achievement. Implications for intervention programs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-246
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Educational Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Academic achievement
  • Educational research courses
  • Research methodology courses
  • Study habits
  • Study skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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