ERIC Number: ED042452
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jul
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Audio-Tutorial Practices in California Community Colleges. Preliminary Report.
Diablo Valley Coll. Pleasant Hill, CA.
This study surveys the audio-tutorial practices and evaluations at 91 California and 25 other junior colleges in the United States. Seventy of the California colleges indicate they are now or will be using the audio-tutorial method in the near future. A large majority of them indicate that they prepare their materials locally. Many of the colleges use performance objectives in their programs, and emphasize constant student feedback and revision of instructional materials. Most also noted that, while the audio-tutorial method did not relieve much of the teachers' load, it did provide increased opportunities for more individualized, personal contact with the same number of students than did the traditional lecture method. Based on the data received, the following conclusions were among those drawn: (1) despite the large amount of work required for preparation of audio-tutorial instruction, those instructors using it were much more enthusiastic about the method than those who largely used the lecture method; (2) students in the audio-tutorial program do learn more in less time, probably because the courses are oriented more toward student learning than teacher preparation and delivery; (3) students are more enthusiastic after experiencing both lecture and audio-tutorial methods; and (4) instructors are provided with greater opportunities to manage their educational environment, by providing content and curricular restructuring opportunities, and the opportunity to make course materials more relevant. (JO)
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Authoring Institution: Diablo Valley Coll. Pleasant Hill, CA.