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ERIC Number: ED071089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 97
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An Analysis of General Education Language Arts in the Public, Two-Year Colleges in the United States.
Rhule, Robert Reid
Objectives, practices, and characteristics of general education language arts were synthesized to serve as criteria for evaluating the efforts made by public two-year colleges to meet the needs of terminal students in general education language arts. Data obtained from questionnaires revealed that only 192 schools had a communications course which was not college parallel, primarily remedial, or vocationally oriented, but was designed for the general education of terminal students. Furthermore, a measurement of the attitudes of the respondents to objectives found in the literature revealed all but two objectives (from a list of eleven) rated between desirable and highly desirable. Data from schools reporting a course showed that approximately 50% of the first year students were taking the course and that about 73% of those enrolled completed the course. Traditional grading practices were commonly observed, but 17% employed a pass-fail system. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking were identified as four elements essential to general education communication courses with approximately 24% of the time devoted to reading skills, 43% to writing skills, 17% to speaking skills, and 16% to listening skills. Forty-seven percent of the schools did not include speech in their communication courses and 57% did not give any formal listening training. (Author/HS)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Washington State University