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ERIC Number: ED015714
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Mar
Pages: 60
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Reference Count: 0
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THE TEACHING OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES TO NON-TRANSFER STUDENTS AT COMMUNITY JUNIOR COLLEGES.
APSLER, ALFRED
BASIC TO THIS STUDY WAS THE ASSUMPTION THAT, IF ACQUAINTANCE WITH SOCIAL SCIENCE CONTENT AND METHODOLOGY IS OF ANY VALUE, ALL JUNIOR COLLEGE STUDENTS SHOULD STUDY THE SOCIAL SCIENCES. TO LEARN HOW JUNIOR COLLEGES WERE PROVIDING SUCH COURSES FOR TERMINAL STUDENTS, THE AUTHOR VISITED 25 COLLEGES, WHERE HE INTERVIEWED FACULTY, VISITED CLASSES, AND REVIEWED COURSE MATERIALS. HE OBSERVED SINGLE-TRACK PROGRAMS IN WHICH ALL STUDENTS ENROLLED IN TRANSFER LEVEL COURSES, RIGIDLY SEGREGATED PROGRAMS, REMEDIAL COURSES FOR LOW ACHIEVERS, AND NARROWLY SPECIALIZED "APPLIED" COURSES. INCREASINGLY COMMON AND APPARENTLY MOST EFFECTIVE IN REACHING TERMINAL STUDENTS WERE SPECIALLY DESIGNED INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSES AND COURSE SEQUENCES. SOME COURSES HAVE FAILED, USUALLY BECAUSE OF FACULTY RESISTANCE, BUT ALSO FROM LACK OF ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT, UNINSPIRED COUNSELING, AND GENERAL APATHY. INSTRUCTORS OFTEN MET PROBLEMS OF INADEQUATE TEXT MATERIALS BY WRITING THEIR OWN BOOKS. SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS WERE MARKED BY (1) EFFECTIVE COUNSELING, IN WHICH STUDENTS WERE GUIDED, RATHER THAN FORCED, TOWARD THE MOST SUITABLE PROGRAMS, (2) ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT TO GIVE PRESTIGE TO THE PROGRAM, (3) SUPPORT BY TEACHERS AND VOCATIONAL COORDINATORS, AND (4) ADAPTATION OF COURSE CONTENT AND PROCESS TO STUDENT LEVELS. EXAMPLES OF COURSES AND PROGRAMS ARE CITED IN THE REPORT. (WO)
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Authoring Institution: Clark Coll., Vancouver, WA.
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