ERIC Number: ED059698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
A Feasibility Study for Individualized Instruction of College Freshmen in Two Basic Areas of General Education. Final Report.
Gunselman, Marshall; And Others
A major problem in higher education today is that of providing educational programs for students of diversified educational backgrounds. One possible solution is to use the systems approach in the basic studies of general education to provide instructional patterns that can be accommodated to the individual needs of all students. This study set out to evaluate the feasibility of such an approach by developing model courses in mathematics and literature. The models were used experimentally in the summer of 1971. Students began with pretests which measured their knowledge in each course; then they were directed to and through the instructional units they needed. The results show that students accepted the plan enthusiastically, that most students not only finished the courses but finished with generally higher scores than are made in typical beginning courses, that the system is so economically efficient that average course costs were less than $13 a credit hour, and that instructors were able to devote more time to individual needs. (Author/HS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma Christian Coll., Oklahoma City.