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ERIC Number: ED087516
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 181
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An Analysis of Independent Study Programs in the Junior Community Colleges.
Lennstrom, Henry Walter
This study was designed to determine the extent and nature of independent study programs on the two-year college campuses across the western half of the nation. The study further sought to determine whether differences existed in the use of independent study in colleges as regards variance in enrollment, geographical location, type of control, part-time/full-time faculty ratio, and age of the institutions. This study was conducted by use of a questionnaire survey followed by visitations to certain colleges. The sample, drawn from two-year colleges located in western continental United States, included 253 institutions from 25 states. There were 202 usable returns accounting for 79.8% of the sample. The study revealed that public, comprehensive, and relatively large colleges located in independent districts were more apt to have instituted independent study programs. Fewer programs were found in smaller private or public colleges in unified districts, branches or state community colleges located in south central United States. Where there were independent study programs, they tended to be library oriented, requiring minimum entry regulations, permitting liberal allowance of credits toward graduation, and generating relatively few problems. The study indicated that the majority of colleges included in the survey had independent study programs. Many institutions where independent programs did not exist were planning such programs. In spite of the wide usage, relatively few students and faculty were actually involved. Independent study appeared to be valuable as an alternative instructional method for special purposes or situations. (Author)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Washington