ERIC Number: ED021534
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
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An Approach to Modifying College Concepts and Improving Academic Performance of a Group of Low-Testing Junior-College Students.
Stein, Ruth Sherman
To test the hypothesis that certain concepts differentiate junior college entrants with low measures of aptitude who may succeed from those who will not, a questionnaire was used to sample concepts of ideal student, of self as student, and of expectations of the college by three sets of parallel items. A modified Q-sort technique forced answers into a quasi-normal distribution. Given to 236 low-scoring entrants of Los Angeles City College, the test showed a high degree of agreement in ranking of items related to abilities, use of time, and attitudes to the college. The more successful gave higher rank than did the unsuccessful to goal-directed use of time and were more tolerant of general education and freedom in teaching and learning methods. They also showed higher correlation among the three points of view than the unsuccessful. A 1-semester experiment in group counseling, training in study skills, and vocabulary development produced few significant shifts in concept and no measurable improvement in academic performance. The conclusion was that these concepts are relatively stable and would need the joint efforts of counselors and remedial teachers to be markedly changed. The questionnaire appeared valid for the present use and appropriate for a wider spectrum o f students. (HH)
Descriptors: Achievement Rating, Attitudes, Doctoral Dissertations, Low Ability Students, Questionnaires, Students, Two Year Colleges
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles.