ERIC Number: ED208339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Adjunct Courses: Integrating Study Skills into Content Courses.
Harding, Ida Beal
College level remediation programs are generally unsatisfactory because students tend to give these noncredit courses low priority and do not seem to transfer the skills learned to their content courses. In addition, because students are simultaneously enrolled in regular content courses requiring skills they have not yet developed, they often fail those courses before the remedial courses can be effective. To solve these problems, the University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire) has developed "adjunct" courses, freshman level content courses with two extra class sessions per week, during which reading and study skills applicable to the content course are taught. During inservice meetings, the content instructor and the adjunct skills instructor meet with advisors and support staff to plan the course. On the days the content instructor lectures, the adjunct teacher observes student listening and notetaking behavior. On alternating days, the adjunct teacher teaches students notetaking and testtaking skills and reading skills using a variation of the SQ3R technique. Support services for the adjunct courses include the academic skills center (individualized tutoring), a precollegiate program for disadvantaged students, and an intensive learning experience program in science, math, reading, and composition. The adjunct courses are currently being evaluated to determine their effect on grade point average and retention, but overall, the program appears to be quite successful. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Adjunct Courses; University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western College Reading Association (14th, Dallas, TX, April 9-12, 1981).