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ERIC Number: ED019951
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 15
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BLOCK SCHEDULING IN THE COMMUNITY JUNIOR COLLEGE.
COURSON, CLIFFORD C.; O'BRIEN, CORINNE
"BLOCK SCHEDULING," DEFINED AS PLACING A GROUP OF STUDENTS IN A COMMON BLOCK OF BASIC COURSES TO SHARE THE SAME DAILY CLASS SCHEDULE, PERMITS INSTRUCTORS TO MEET A MORE COHENSIVE GROUP. IT ALSO SIMPLIFIES REGISTRATION AND SCHEDULING, AS STUDENTS ACCEPT A PREPARED GROUP OF COURSES INSTEAD OF INDIVIDUALLY SELECTED ONES. FOR THE STUDENT, IT MEANS BELONGING TO A GROUP, BOTH IN AND OUT OF CLASS, INSTEAD OF FEELING ALIENATED. BREVARD JUNIOR COLLEGE TRIED BLOCK SCHEDULING TO TEST THE HYPOTHESES THAT (1) STUDENTS WILL ACHIEVE A HIGHER GPA AND (2) ATTRITION WILL DECREASE. NEITHER STUDENTS NOR INSTRUCTORS WERE AWARE OF ANY SPECIAL TREATMENT. FROM THE GENERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM, FOUR BASIC BLOCKS WERE SET FOR 78 STUDENTS WITH HIGH SCHOOL GPA'S OF C TO B. AS A CONTROL GROUP, 249 STUDENTS WERE ENROLLED IN SIMILAR COURSES BUT IN A NON-BLOCK SEQUENCE. THE BLOCK STUDENTS PERFORMED AT A SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER LEVEL, THUS SUPPORTING THE FIRST HYPOTHESIS. ABOUT 9 PERCENT OF THE BLOCK GROUP AND 8 PERCENT OF THE CONTROL GROUP WERE CLASSED AS DROPOUTS IN THEIR FIRST TERM. THIS DOES NOT SUPPORT HYPOTHESIS (2), ALTHOUGH THE TIME PERIOD OF ONLY ONE TERM IS NOT CONCLUSIVE. WHEN SUBJECTIVE EVALUATIONS WERE COLLECTED, SEVERAL INSTRUCTORS COMMENTED THAT MORALE APPEARED HIGHER IN THE BLOCK CLASSES. STUDENTS' RESPONSES VARIED, BUT, IN GENERAL, THEY LIKED BOTH THE SIMPLIFIED REGISTRATION AND HAVING THE SAME CLASSMATES FOR ALL COURSES. THE FINDINGS INDICATE FURTHER INVESTIGATION TO BE WORTHWHILE. (HH)
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