ERIC Number: ED049500
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A University Learning Center.
Levinson, Betty; Pfeffer, Carol
The Learning Center, established one year ago to serve the Special Entry Students at U.C.L.A., is described. The development of a staff capable of responding to the particular needs of this population is briefly discussed and the resultimg teamwork informally evaluated. In learning how to assist these students to survive in their new university environment, six hypotheses were stated and used as take-off points for the development of an effective program: (1) traditional instruction had not worked; (2) there were large gaps in skill areas; (3) there would be extremely divergent perceptions of the university; (4) hostility and/or apathy could be anticipated; (5) long term goal orientation would generally be lacking; and (6) the intellectual potential of the students would be equal to that of regularly enrolled students. Within this set of hypotheses, a wide repertoire of approaches to learning basic skills emerged. One such approach to language as a communication process is explained. No formal evaluation has yet been attempted, but the authors feel that the environment, the personalized teaching "techniques," and their general way of regarding individuals have made a difference. (TL)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles.
Note: Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Conference of the Western College Reading Association in Los Angeles, California, April 1-3, 1971