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ERIC Number: ED069229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jan
Pages: 30
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The Paracollege Image: A Study of Students' Attitudes.
Farland, Ronnald W.; Bragg, Stephen M.
The Paracollege of St. Olaf College is an experimental program in which students participate in a self-directed study curriculum where no grades are given and students work at their own pace. This document presents the results of a study designed to find out what image is held of the Paracollege by those enrolled in the regular curriculum at St. Olaf, and what personal characteristics or other factors contributed to the formulation of that image. Several conclusions are made: (1) When students hold favorable or unfavorable impressions of the Paracollege, it is at least as much a function of their own educational preferences and personal characteristics and attitudes as it is of information or evidence about the effectiveness of specific features of the program. (2) If the Paracollege is to be expected to live up to its original charge to serve a cross-section of the St. Olaf student body, it will need to make a concerted effort to counter its developing image by deliberately attempting to attract the kinds of students who now view Paracollege as inappropriate for them. (3) Within the student body there is a diversity of educational preferences and styles that seem to suggest that more rather than fewer curricular options might be made available to students. (HS)
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