ERIC Number: ED219100
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Project COMPAS [Consortium for Operating and Managing Programs for the Advancment of Skills]: A Design for Change.
Schermerhorn, Leora L., Ed.; And Others
Descriptive and evaluative information is provided in this report on Project COMPAS (Consortium for Operating and Managing Programs for the Advancement of Skills), a cooperative effort between seven community colleges which developed cognitive skills programs for entry-level freshmen. Chapter I reviews the unique features of Project COMPAS, including: (1) the use of Piagetian theory for structuring classroom activities; (2) the use of the Learning Cycle technique, which involves concept presentation and exploration; concept development; and application of learning; and (3) an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum development. After chapter II traces the history of the project, chapter III describes the programs developed at each of the seven schools in terms of site characteristics, administrative support, program design, student recruitment, and program maintenance. Chapter IV highlights the findings of a qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the project, which sought to assess effects on students' skills and cognitive development. Chapter V contains statements by site directors, faculty, and the project evaluator on Project COMPAS, and chapter VII offers a paper on the future of Piagetian programs and suggests strategies for ensuring their survival. Appendices include overviews of Piagetian theory and the Learning Cycle technique, comments on program strengths and weaknesses, sample publicity materials, a faculty directory and a bibliography. (AYC)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Development, Community Colleges, Consortia, Curriculum Development, Learning Processes, Learning Theories, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Student Participation, Teacher Workshops, Two Year Colleges
Informational Services, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL 61550 ($4.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Central Coll. East Peoria.
Identifiers: Piagetian Theory; Project COMPAS
Note: A joint project of Illinois Central College, IL; Surry Community College, NC; Community College of Allegheny County, PA; William Rainey Harper College, IL; Prairie State College, IL; Seminole Community College, FL; and Joliet Junior College, IL.