ERIC Number: ED244684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
General Education in Canada's Community Colleges and Institutes: Report of a National Survey.
Between October 1982 and May 1983, a survey was conducted to study educational practices across Canada with regard to the general education component of community college programs and to ascertain the opinions of faculty and administrators about what these practices should be. By means of a questionnaire mailed to a stratified cluster sample of faculty and administrators from colleges across the country, the study collected data on the aims of college/institute education, the organization and design of general education, the amount and kinds of general education in programs, general education policy and administration, extracurricular aspects of general education, and the attitudes and performance of students. Study findings, based on responses from 798 (34.6%) of the faculty and administrators surveyed, included the following: (1) discrepancies were noted between aims of college education which were considered important and how well these aims were addressed in the college curriculum; (2) introductory courses were the most commonly used style of general education course organization; (3) college staff wanted more general education in the programs; (4) general education was administered by a single administrator in 36% of the colleges; and (6) faculty and administrators felt students were generally in favor of general education. The survey instrument and study recommendations are included in the study report. (AYC)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, College Curriculum, Community Colleges, Curriculum Problems, Curriculum Research, General Education, National Surveys, Questionnaires, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
The Canadian Studies Bureau, Association of Canadian Community Colleges, 110 Eglinton Ave. W., 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4R 1A4 ($6.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of the Secretary of State, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Association of Canadian Community Colleges.
Note: Published by the Canadian Studies Bureau.