ERIC Number: ED168617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
The Teaching of History to Developmental Students: A Block Project.
Holmberg, James; And Others
Nearly 37% (80 students) of the 219 entering, first-time freshmen, who were enrolled in second-level (requiring high school level skills) developmental reading and composition courses at the Community College of Allegheny County, were block-enrolled into a social science/history elective, "Man, Time, and Social Change." The same group of students shared classes, teachers, and subjects in order to (1) focus the student's classroom work to obtain maximum learning impact and (2) establish a strong, first-term student orientation to the institution and to their individual programs. In the social science course, using a workbook, classroom lectures, discussions, and films, the students delineated relationships between social events. Blocking the composition course with the others gave the students' writing assignments specific direction in both form and content. The design of "Advanced Reading and Study" complemented the other courses in its integration of the teaching of reading and study skills. Experimental and control populations were compared in terms of placement scores, majors, academic success, retention, and evaluation of the college experience. Project success was evidenced by a higher percentage of A's and B's, an increase in retention, and a greater satisfaction with their majors and the college among the blocked group. Students who felt unfairly placed in developmental courses were given special attention. (AYC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classes (Groups of Students), College Freshmen, Community Colleges, Developmental Programs, Developmental Studies Programs, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), History Instruction, Integrated Activities, Participant Satisfaction, Persistence, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Remedial Reading, Social Sciences, Student Characteristics, Student School Relationship, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Allegheny County Community Coll., Pittsburgh, PA.
Identifiers: Block Scheduling