ERIC Number: ED058158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Instructional Innovation in Educational Psychology: The Search for "Relevance."
Treffinger, Donald J.; Davis, J. Kent
This paper describes an innovative educational psychology program at Purdue University which attempts to build upon the students' own needs and interests. Each student is responsible for establishing a specific set of objectives for the semester. The objectives, which may be formulated independently of his instructor, are based on a booklet in which 21 broad areas are identified together with a reading list and set of informational objectives for each area. The students have considerable autonomy in the way in which they reach their goals and are encouraged to participate in projects and activities including observation in schools, teaching experiences, attendance at conferences, and preparation of instructional materials. Test taking has been deemphasized and evaluation is based on a "point system" in which each completed project carries a specified point value. Grades are determined by converting total points to grades using a scale presented to the student at the beginning of the semester. Several implications have become clear as the program developed: 1) the specific roles of student and professor have changed; 2) the confidence placed in the students has been well-founded; 3) the traditional approaches to course grading have become irrelevant; and 4) there has been a great emphasis on practicality and applicability. (MBM)
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Authoring Institution: Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN. Dept. of Education.