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ERIC Number: ED050114
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 187
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An Experimental Study of Freshman English in the Small Community Junior College Using Disparate Methods of Instruction.
Newcomb, Mary Jane
To determine the effect of diverse methods of instruction on the written composition of students in a small community junior college, 133 subjects (both transfer and terminal students) were given 10 weeks of instruction in one of three methods--programmed instruction (covering three assigned programmed texts), developmental reading (stressing expository reading in the liberal arts), or a traditional freshman English approach (control). The students each completed seven assigned themes and at the end of the experimental term were given a battery of tests, including "The Cooperative English Test: English Expression,""The Nelson-Denny Reading Test," and "The College English Placement Test." Equivalent forms of these standardized tests were administered for the retention study conducted 12 weeks later. The general conclusion was that there was no difference between the writing achievement of the students taught by the three disparate methods, either at the end of the 10-week term or at the time of the retention study. It was considered that equal results in writing achievement can be obtained with heterogeneous classes at small community colleges through the application of any of the three methods investigated. (Author/MF)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Kansas