ERIC Number: ED047643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Using Relevant Historical Documents to Improve Communications with College Students. Final Report.
Davis, Rodney O.
This report describes a project that attempted to "turn on" educationally and otherwise disadvantaged youth, primarily because the regular compensatory programs at Gustavus Adolphus College had not succeeded in doing this. A special history course was devised that used original documents selected by the students and the instructor in accord with the topics chosen as relevant by a large group of freshmen students. The topics were presented in reverse chronological order, with each topic begun in the mid-twentieth century and independently traced backwards. The material was available in written form and on tape, and the instructor related the material to other forces at work in history. The classes consisted of 16 students; 5 were disadvantaged, 2 were Merit Scholars and the others represented a cross-section. The students could choose from 4 different testing options for their interim exams, but had to undergo standardized testing at the end of the year. Testing did no occur because of the campus situation in the spring of 1969. Thus, although, there were no objective results to compare what had been learned in this course, as opposed to the standard course, the subjective results were impressive. The students were "involved" and enthusiastic and there was minimal absenteeism. The list of documents used are included in the report. (AF)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Gustavus Adolphus Coll., St. Peter, Minn.