ERIC Number: ED036684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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An Analysis of Factors Affecting the Achievement of Adults Who Participate in Short Concentrated Management Courses.
McAreavy, John Francis
The purpose of this investigation was to identify factors involved in adult student achievement and behavior in short concentrated management courses and to develop and test hypotheses regarding these factors in order to provide a basis for improvement of educational practices associated with such courses. One hundred and two adults divided in four classes participated in a one week course. Two classes were informed that their grade would wholly depend on the end-of-course score. The other two were informed that their grades depended on factors other than the end-of-course test score. A fifty-item multiple choice end-of-course test indicated that all participants performed at the same level of achievement. Extent of educational background, experience, reason for attending the course, time devoted to outside-of-class study, performance on take home exercises, and the level and pattern of subject's course related interaction, did not affect the subject's level of achievement. Age, extent of outside-of-class discussion and the manner the subjects reacted to tests were found to affect the level of achievement. (author/pt)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Education, Behavior Patterns, Class Attitudes, Course Organization, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Objectives, Factor Analysis, Grades (Scholastic), Hypothesis Testing, Management Development, Minicourses, Multiple Choice Tests, Test Results
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Authoring Institution: Iowa Univ., Iowa City.
Note: Ph. D. Thesis