ERIC Number: ED064217
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
Reference Count: 0
On Monitoring a College Course.
Fink, L. Dee
Described here are efforts to modify instructional procedures in a spatial organization course given in 1971, and the roles of the professor, course monitor (author), and students in this experiment. The objectives of the modification were: a) to improve methods for determining student learning; b) to determine the relationship between student achievement and student characteristics; and c) to use this initial information as a factor in determining the content and format of the course. A precourse questionnaire was administered, and on the basis of this information it was decided to emphasize urban situations where possible, and minimize use of mathematics. At mid-course an ungraded test was given, and student reaction to the course elicited. Bloom's taxonomy was used as an aid in constructing the mid-course test. On the basis of this information and discussions: pacing of the course was revised; more class discussions were held; lectures clarifying various theoretical positions were inserted; and outlines of the student-originated proposals for term papers were distributed. At the end of the course, students were given an exam, the College Course and Teaching Evaluation Form, and a supplementary questionnaire. The experiment certainly had value for the professor and course monitor, and undoubtedly for the students, although value for the students was more difficult to assess. (Author/JLB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL. Dept. of Geography.
Identifiers: Spatial Organization