ERIC Number: ED070960
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
An Exploratory Study of Correspondence Students.
Anderson, Thomas H.; Tippy, Paul H.
This study is the first of a larger research program aimed at identifying and parameters affecting the selection of, completion of, and achievement in correspondence study. A 15-item questionnaire and a cover letter which explained the project were mailed to 486 students who were enrolled in at least one correspondence course. Only 134 of the questionnaires were filled in correctly and returned. Three items of data were coded onto the questionnaires as they were returned: sex of student, number of lessons completed, and number of lessons in the correspondence course. The first four items measure students' reactions to their courses of study and to correspondence study in general. Results from Item 2 show that 64% of the student rated the courses Interesting or Very Interesting, while 15% rated the courses as Uninteresting or Very Uninteresting. Responses to Item 5 indicate that about one third of the respondents did not establish a lesson completion schedule for their course. Results from Items 6 and 7 show that most students would not have welcomed help by the Correspondence Office in establishing and administering any type of lesson schedule. Recommendations include: (1) That each correspondence course prepared by university instructors be evaluated by peers of the instructor; and (2) That materials be prepared which will enable a student to plan his study schedule. (CK)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Div. of Univ. Extension.