ERIC Number: ED167235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Methodologies Employed in a Study of Science Instructional Programs in Two-Year Colleges.
Hill, Andrew; Mooney, William
Obtaining accurate and reliable data on curriculum and instruction in two-year colleges poses many unique problems for institutional researchers. The methodologies presented here are those used by the Center for the Study of Community Colleges in a study of science instructional programs. The study included a curriculum component, a survey of instructional practices, and an intensive review of the literature. Methodologies were chosen or developed not only for their applicability within a two-year college context, but for their reliability and cost effectiveness. After obtaining a balanced national sample of 175 colleges, the catalogs and class schedules were inspected to develop a picture of the level of effort in the various science disciplines. A course classification system for sciences in two-year colleges was created specifically for the project. This provided an organizational structure for curriculum data collection and provided consistently applicable criteria for exclusion or inclusion of the various "science" offerings. A class section survey (85.5% response rate) was used to obtain data on instructional practices. Various search strategies were employed for the literature review. In addition to a complete description of the methodologies, the course classification system, survey instrument, and survey correspondence are all appended. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reference Materials - Vocabularies/Classifications
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.