ERIC Number: ED160144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Instructional Practices in the Sciences, Spring 1978.
Cohen, Arthur M.; Hill, Andrew
As part of an investigation of science and science-related curriculum and instruction, a survey was conducted of science instructors from 175 two-year colleges; the colleges were selected to be representative of region, size, and means of college control. Instructors of every thirteenth science course section offered in Fall 1977 were surveyed. Of the 1569 deliverable surveys, 1275 (85%) were returned. This paper summarizes responses to questions on class size, course objectives, teacher expectations, use of class time, use of instructional media, satisfaction with and source of instructional materials, student class activities, stressed competencies, grading practices, attendance requirements, interdisciplinary approaches, assistance in teaching, means of course improvement, and instructor's background. The average initial class size for all courses was 32; the average number of course completers was 25. Larger class sections tended to be taught by faculty members with the most experience. The male to female ratio for engineering courses was five to one, for agriculture and physics courses was two to one, and for biology courses was one to two. Science instructors tended to allocate 45% of class time to lectures, with economics instructors lecturing most. The instructor survey is appended. (MB)
Descriptors: Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Class Size, Community Colleges, Course Objectives, Economics, Educational Media, Engineering, Enrollment Trends, Females, Grading, Males, Physics, Psychology, Questionnaires, Science Instruction, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.