ERIC Number: ED075025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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The Core Experience: A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis.
Schonbuch, Stanley S.; And Others
A Core Program was introduced in the College Discovery Program at Staten Island Community College in fall 1971 to facilitate the breakdown of traditional divisions between academic disciplines, promote greater intimacy in the classroom, and to help students perceive teachers in a more realistic way. Each core was comprised of freshman orientation, math, English, a social science (a different one in each of the four cores), and a core seminar. The variables assessed were grades, attitudes of students and teachers toward the core, and locus of control. Attitudes and locus of control were assessed via questionnaires two weeks after the beginning of the semester and a week prior to the end of the semester. The program did not appear to realize its goals; non-core students tended to rate their class experiences as better or more valuable than did the core students. While teacher ratings were higher quantitatively than their student ratings, their qualitative comments reflected a much more negative feeling. Student ratings of one of the cores reflected a better experience for them. The core experience tended to stimulate internal controls. Recommendations were made for: the formation of core faculty teams, selection of students and faculty on variables other than interest, and orientation programs and open discussion periods. Copies of the questionnaires are appended. (KM)
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Authoring Institution: Staten Island Community Coll., NY.