ERIC Number: ED054748
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Aug
Reference Count: 0
College Learning with and without Formal Classroom Instruction - A Comparison.
Himmel, Clark E.
This report examines the relationship between student learning and teacher pedagogy by focusing on two discrete instructional methods: traditional teacher-directed versus student self-directed study. An experiment was administered to two groups of college students enrolled in a psychology course, and the control group having class meetings and lectures, the other studying independently in a "learning center" with no personal teacher contact. The initial part of this report describes the method of student selection, procedures for collecting data, and descriptions of all teaching materials and texts used in the experiment, as well as charts and tables comparing final examinations scores and student questionnaire data. A conclusion, which takes into account the Hawthorne Effect as an independent variable reaffirms the thesis that self-directed intellectual pursuit is, on the whole, a more effective teaching technique. The last section of the report consists of a four-part appendix: (a) the course outline and calendar, required texts, and a syllabus; (b) materials found in the "learning center"; (c) the final examination test questions; (d) student opinion questionnaire. (BHC)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Universities Consortium of Research Development, Stevens Point.