ERIC Number: ED063915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Toward Increased Efficiency in Community Junior College Courses: An Exploratory Study.
Courses offered in 15 of the 16 member college districts of the League for Innovation in the Community College were surveyed in an effort to find "highly productive" courses; courses that reduce educational costs and maximize learning effectiveness. A comparison was made between highly productive conventional and nonconventional courses. The nonconventional courses were divided into three types of instructional modes: (1) large group, (2) individual programmed, and (3) audiotutorial. Findings and conclusions of this study include: (1) changing the pattern of classroom organization or the instructional mode can reduce per-pupil costs and increase learning effectiveness; (2) of the three nonconventional instructional modes, only the audiotutorial mode is more costly on a per-pupil basis than conventionally organized courses; (3) comparing the three nonconventional modes of instruction, courses under the large group approach are the least costly on a per-pupil basis, followed by the individualized programmed approach, and lastly, by the audiotutorial mode; and (4) subjective data indicate that courses taught under one of the nonconventional modes of instruction generally produce more effective instruction than their matching conventionally organized courses. Recommendations are also included. (RG)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Course Evaluation, Educational Finance, Evaluation Methods, Expenditure per Student, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Innovation, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
UCLA Student Store, University of California, Los Angeles 90024 ($3.00)
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Sponsor: League for Innovation in the Community Coll., Los Angeles, CA.
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