ERIC Number: ED180572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Science Education in Two-Year Colleges: Sociology.
Sociology education at two-year colleges is examined as revealed in a study of science education conducted by the Center for the Study of Community Colleges that involved: (1) a review of the literature, (2) an examination of catalogs and class schedules from 175 institutions nationwide, and (3) a survey of 94 sociology instructors. The report first analyzes the literature dealing with sociology curricula, pointing to the need for community college sociologists to provide differing streams of instruction for traditional transfer students and non-major, non-transfer students. Curriculum data gathered from the catalogs and schedules are then presented, revealing that while sociology accounts for only 4% of all science courses offered, 100% of the colleges list at least one sociology course. General principle courses are the most widely offered, followed by general social problems, marriage and family, specific social problems, sociology of groups, and general theory. The report then considers sociology instruction as revealed in the literature and the instructor survey. Areas discussed in this section include instructional goals and objectives, class size, teaching methodology, classroom activities, reading materials, testing and grading, faculty experience and workload, and use of media. Data tables, a bibliography, and the survey instrument are included. (JP)
Descriptors: Class Size, College Curriculum, Community Colleges, Course Objectives, Courses, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Problems, Curriculum Research, Educational Media, Grading, Instructional Materials, Literature Reviews, National Surveys, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Science Curriculum, Science Instruction, Sociology, Teaching Methods, Testing, Transfer Programs, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.