ERIC Number: ED181972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Science Education in Two-Year Colleges: Psychology.
Psychology education is examined as revealed by a study of science education that involved a review of the literature, an analysis of the catalogs and class schedules of 175 representative institutions, and a survey of 143 psychology instructors. Each of the four parts of the report reviews pertinent literature, reports study methodology and findings, and discusses trends and implications. Part I outlines trends in psychology curricula since 1950 and analyzes study findings as they relate to course offerings in ten disciplinary areas: elementary, general, developmental, abnormal, social-industrial, personality and psychology of adjustment, experimental, educational, contemporary issues, and physiological. Enrollments, prerequisites, and distribution of courses by college region, governance, and size are also considered. Part II notes the predominance of the introductory course in psychology curricula at two-year colleges, discusses the need to define course goals, and presents catalog data illustrating the frequency of first courses, course enrollments by sex and a units/term breakdown by course. Part III explores instructional practices in psychology and presents instructor survey results relating to class format and activities, grading, and desired student outcomes. Part IV discusses psychology faculty, their status, and assistance available to them. Summary conclusions and recommendations, a bibliography, and the questionnaire are included. (JP)
Descriptors: Bibliographies, College Curriculum, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Core Curriculum, Course Objectives, Courses, Curriculum Research, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Educational Trends, Enrollment, Experimental Psychology, Grading, Instructional Materials, Literature Reviews, National Surveys, Psychology, Psychophysiology, Questionnaires, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Information Analyses
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.