ERIC Number: ED032867
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
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An Analysis and Comparison of Conventional and Field Methods of Instruction in Education 201--The Junior College.
Meek, Doris A.
In a junior college introductory course, an instructor taught two sections in two different ways to discover any differences in achievement or attitude. Fifteen students were randomly assigned to a conventional class and 19 to a field-work class. The first learned by lecture, group discussion, individual project, visual aids, a field trip, and an oral book report. The second class met with a teacher in their discipline at one of five local colleges, made ten visits to the college, completed at least ten of 20 behavioral objectives, recorded their experiences, and helped the instructor in several ways. Both sections took pre- and post-tests on the junior college and, at the end of term, completed a questionnaire evaluating the course and an essay on their perceptions of the junior college. In a final written exam, the conventional class answered five short essay questions and the field section designed a new college to include their own ideas. Presented are comments from both classes on college in general; faculty appraisal of the student teachers; special remarks from the field class on instruction, faculty, self-image, environment, and governance. Also summarized are essay, test, and final exam results, the writer's observations, and student evaluations. The field course appeared to produce greater student involvement, less superficial learning, demonstrable competence in subject matter, and a commitment to junior college goals. It seemed generally to prove the worth of the pilot project. (HH)
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Authoring Institution: San Diego State Coll., CA.
Identifiers - Location: California