ERIC Number: ED104514
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: N/A
Student Interests, Values and the English Curriculum.
A questionnaire designed to assess student awareness of their abilities to perform particular English skills, and student interests in activities using these skills, was administered to 160 students at the College of DuPage (C/D); 138 (86 percent) responded. For comparative purposes, similar questionnaires were administered to local high school students and to C/D graduates. An altered version of the questionnaire was sent to local two- and four-year college faculty members in order to determine their opinions of what a community college English program should emphasize. Results indicate that: (1) like the graduates and the high school students, present C/D students consider themselves to be of average ability in their use of language skills; (2) over half of the C/D students want to improve their writing style, grammar, public speaking, and report writing skills; (3) few C/D students want to improve spelling, logic, or literary analysis skills; (4) the three student groups have similar literary interests; (5) faculty consider some things essential to the curriculum which students express no interest in; and (6) graduates indicate more confidence in their skills than do C/D students. The author recommends that a diagnostic test be administered to all students prior to their entry into the English program so that students can tell how well they measure up to standards and how much they need to improve. The questionnaire in all its forms is appended. (DC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL.