ERIC Number: ED187420
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-1
Reference Count: 0
Cognitive Mapping: A Retention Strategy that Works.
Keyser, John S.
In order to help teachers and students assess the preferred cognitive styles of individual learners, Mount Hood Community College introduced and tested the use of cognitive mapping in its orientation program. A task force of managers, counselors, and instructors: (1) decided to use the Modified Hill Model to assess nine dimensions of student learning; (2) involved the faculty in the creation of support materials, including a self-paced assessment and interpretation guide, simplified scoring sheets, and notebooks containing pertinent research articles; and (3) developed a one-credit-hour orientation course designed to introduce cognitive mapping as a technique for student survival. As a test of the effectiveness of this course, the rates of retention of students taking the orientation course in Fall 1978 and Spring 1979 were compared with those of students who did not take the course. The study revealed that the treatment group achieved a higher retention rate from Fall term to Spring term (67%) than did the non-treatment group (43%). The study report enumerates the nine areas assessed by the Modified Hill Model and details the results of pre- and post-tests measuring students' increased awareness of teaching and learning styles. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cognitive Mapping
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (60th, San Francisco, CA, March 30-April 2, 1980)