ERIC Number: ED045031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Relevant to Whom?
Bilorusky, John A.
Research Reporter, v5 n4 p4-5 1970
This paper discusses the findings from a study of characteristics of undergraduates taking student initiated courses at the University of California at Berkeley in the spring of 1968. When compared to students in a control group, the students who chose the student-designed courses were less interested in college as a means of vocational preparation, more oriented toward effecting social change, more aesthetically inclined, and more concerned with interpersonal relationships. They were very dissatisfied with the irrelevance of their academic education. One third of the control group, however, also expressed dissatisfaction with the more traditional courses. The students in the student-initiated courses were characterized by autonomy and independence and were more likely to seek out and create experiences personally relevant to themselves. To encourage initiative, procedures must be established that allow independent students to create their own, personally relevant alternatives. Alternative curricula are also needed to encourage the less autonomous students to seek out new experiences and thereby develop greater initiative. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Center for Research and Development in Higher Education.
Identifiers: University of California Berkeley