The Correlation Between Reading Strategies and Failure



Abstract It has been proposed that not only the knowledge and use of learning strategies are essential for learning and achievement but that various individual characteristics of learners influence their ability to be self-regulated and to act strategically during learning.


Prior achievement, domain-specific knowledge, performance and regulation of tactics and strategies, and other cognitive and motivational individual differences are factors that affect learners’ strategic behaviors and their monitoring and control processes (Alexander et al., 1998; Pressley & Hilden, 2006). The present study aims at investigating the reading strategies of 30 underachievers in the English language teaching department. Moreover, it is intended to examine the pattern of relations between the strategic behaviors and subsequent performance in reading English plays. This study examines the the strategic behaviors “in action” qualitatively as they are easily unfolded during students’engagement in reading tasks, including self-regulatory processes observed by two independent raters.


Keywords: reading strategies, self regulation, underachievers

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