ERIC Number: ED104467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Conceptual Basis for Non-Traditional Study and Alternatives in the Establishment of a Non-Traditional Community College.
Traditional educational methods can no longer effectively meet the various needs and demands of the many diverse groups and individuals found in large metropolitan multicampus districts. Existing urban community colleges do not provide alternative services because they are limited in flexibility by state statutes and by the traditions of academia. Thus, a non-traditional college must be established as a separate entity to supplement and complement the offerings of existing institutions. Non-traditional education involves altering curriculum to meet non-traditional student needs and providing these services in environments other than those of a large campus plant. The specific elements of a conceptual framework for a non-traditional college include: (1) the new student constituency; (2) the changing social structure which has produced changing attitudes toward college; (3) an evolving interpretation of education and instruction. In a non-traditional college, curriculum and instruction must emphasize precise learning objectives and accurate measurement techniques, the concepts of space and time must allow for individualized programmed learning, learning resources centers, TV instruction, open lab hours, experimental scheduling, and short term classes, and the organizational structure must consider student goals as more important than institutional goals. (DC)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Community Services, Competency Based Education, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Flexible Scheduling, Individualized Instruction, Multicampus Districts, Nontraditional Education, Nontraditional Students, Programed Instruction, Student Needs, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges, Urban Education
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Peralta Coll. for Non-Traditional Study, Berkeley, CA.