ERIC Number: ED210662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Applied Learning Techniques: A Program for Student Academic Development.
Perception, problem solving, and memory provide the focus of an applied learning techniques/study skills course offered at Marist College (Poughkeepsie, New York). The unit on perception provides a discussion of the dynamics of verbal and nonverbal communication and suggests specific strategies to improve these functions. The student learns when, how, and why to ask questions that facilitate the learning process. The problem solving unit goes beyond perception in demonstrating to the student how information is processed in different patterns according to the perceived problem. While perception clarifies a perceptual set, the problem solving tries to encourage altering that set to form a more efficient one. The last unit, memory, brings all the functions together: perception of the environment, patterning of the environment to fit the particular problem, and the retention and retrieval of this information at a later date. To ensure that the techniques taught and practiced in the course are transferred to other classes, student assistants are used. In addition to supervising ten students each, their duties include notetaking, time management, and grading homework. They also attend each class and help organize and run group activities. An evaluation of the course at the end of two semesters revealed no decline in the grade point average of those students who took the course, indicating that transferable learning abilities may have been improved. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Fall Meeting of the New York College Learning Skills Association (Grossinger, NY, November 1-4, 1981).