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ERIC Number: ED081207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Pages: 6
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Current and Retrospective Student Evaluations of a Computer-Based Research Curriculum in an Introductory Sociology Course.
Cutler, Stephen J.
Two evaluative efforts sought to assess the educational impact of computer applications in the social science curriculum. Questionnaires were administered to groups of students: 1) who either had just finished a section of a Principles of Sociology course at Oberlin College which dealt with computer-based research techniques in the social sciences; or 2) who had taken the section from one to three semesters earlier. The majority of both groups regarded the computer research material positively and felt it should be retained in the course. The skills learned were put to use in this and other courses, and the research curriculum increased the students' understanding of empirical literature. Responses to the questionnaires indicated that the students needed greater exposure to the discipline in order to handle data competently, that such exposure should be coupled with practical experience in empirical research projects, and that ways need to be developed to utilize in upper level courses the skills learned in the introductory course. Nevertheless, the overall conclusion was that the computer-based research curriculum was an important and well-received component of an introductory sociology course. (Author/LB)
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Authoring Institution: Oberlin Coll., OH.