ERIC Number: ED418653
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar-11
Reference Count: N/A
The Study of the First Semester Academic Experience of Champlain-St. Lawrence College Students.
Talbot, Gilles L.
This study examined the academic experience of college freshmen during their first semester (Fall, 1997) at Champlain-St. Lawrence College (Quebec, Canada) a two-year college in the Quebec Cegep system. Students completed a motivational questionnaire before and after the semester. Analysis was aimed at examining reasons for the 42 percent graduation rate at the school. The study found that students wanted to attend Cegep, and Champlain-St Lawrence in particular, and had been admitted to the program of their choice. Although most Champlain-St. Lawrence students are French-speaking, this variable was not related to failure or dropping out. Although the persistence rate on individual courses was 89 percent, the major cause of persistence/failure rates in courses was caused by a minority of students who failed or abandoned all their courses. The major reason that students did not graduate was that they failed their core English, French and Philosophy courses or failed one or two of these courses and also failed a required math course. Although students learned to adjust their study skills and strategies to the college setting, they often improved study skills to result in unrealistic and immediate impacts on their academic outcomes. The study concludes that language skills are essential but not sufficient to lead to graduation. Results are interpreted in terms of attributional theory of motivation. Appended are various forms, directions, and reports used in the study. (Contains 23 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Champlain Saint Lawrence College PQ
Note: Appendix 3, the "Motivated Learning Questionnaire" is not attached due to copyright restrictions.