ERIC Number: ED027494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Dec-31
Reference Count: 0
Instructional Techniques for Teaching Adult College Credit Courses.
DuBois, Philip H.; And Others
This study of adult students in elementary psychology classes at University College, Washington University (St. Louis), compared the effectiveness of conventional conditions, in which the instructor sets the stage and full participation in a program of class activities is explicitly or implicitly demanded, with that of permissive conditions, in which the instructor still sets the stage but in which students may choose the degree of participation in activities established by the instructor. In two courses, each divided into two groups according to which form of the comprehensive examination was used as pretest and which as posttest, the correlation was positive between permissive conditions and achievement, with pretest and various control variables partialled out. One of the four part correlations was statistically significant at the .01 level. Accordingly, there is some evidence that adults learn better under conditions of "elective participation." (Also included are schedules for experimental sections, participants' and instructors' evaluation forms, and an annotated bibliography of 17 items.) (authors/ly)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Students, Analysis of Variance, Annotated Bibliographies, Conventional Instruction, Credit Courses, Demonstrations (Educational), Films, Higher Education, Participant Characteristics, Participant Satisfaction, Participation, Pretests Posttests, Research, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Note: Final report.