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ERIC Number: ED057040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 116
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The Effect of Process Intervention on the Attitudes and Learning in a College Freshman Composition Class.
Wahlberg, William Auman
This study was designed to explore one method of intervening in the process of a conventional academic classroom to affect student attitude and improve the learning climate. Two college freshman composition classes of 22 students each provided the subjects for the study. Each class was taught by the same instructor for three hours a week; one class was taught by conventional, or authoritarian, methods, with class activities being mainly instructor oriented, and the other class utilized a counselor to encourage students to help each other learn and improve communication skills, as well as to encourage understanding between students and instructor in order to increase student learning. Evaluation was made by: scoring the students' appraisals of their own learning in weekly"learning logs"; instruments administered to ascertain the nature of the learning climate; written final evaluations by the students; and improvement and skill in writing as shown by themes written by students early and late in the semester. Results from an analysis of the data show: (1) Students in the counselor-intervention group felt more learning took place for them than did students in the conventional group and felt that the instructor "cared" for them; and (2) the counselor intervention group showed better writing skills, but the conventional group showed more improvement in two of the three evaluation criteria. (Author/DB)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan