ERIC Number: ED063931
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Do Students Want Individualized Instruction?
Connolly, John J.; Sepe, Thomas
This topical paper examined students' views on individualized instruction versus the traditional approach. The purpose of the study was: (1) to measure student acceptance of the concept of individualized instruction; (2) to identify positive and negative factors of individualized instruction as perceived by students; and (3) to identify the characteristics of students selecting individualized and traditional methods. Random samples of students from Harford Community College (Maryland) participated in the first phase of the study and samples of students from three other local colleges were added to the second phase. The results of these studies indicated that only 50% of the students sampled preferred the individualized model to the traditional approach. While a majority of the students indicated a preference for almost all the characteristics of individualized instruction including self-pacing, emphasis on the individual, and grading based on the achievement of objectives, they preferred teacher, rather than student, control of the learning situation. The students' negative reaction to the concept of student responsibility for learning may have been strong enough to result in the rejection of the individualized instructional model despite its preferred characteristics. A section on implications of the study for individualized instruction is included. (RG)
Descriptors: Conventional Instruction, Independent Study, Individualized Instruction, Instruction, Student Attitudes, Student Needs, Teaching Methods, Teaching Models, Two Year Colleges
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