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A Comparative Study of Two Methods of Freshman Orientation.
Fisher, Bruce W.
Since studies show that students who have an orientation to college perform better than those who do not, this study at Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College sought to improve the freshman orientation program by determining whether a programmed method of orientation would be more effective than the existing lecture method. To test the hypothesis that students using programmed instruction would score higher on a criterion-based orientation test than those receiving the same material in a conventional classroom setting, 102 students were randomly assigned to one of three treatment groups: one receiving conventional orientation, one receiving the programmed orientation, and one without treatment. The statistical evidence gained through a one-way analysis of variance of post-test scores supported the hypothesis at the .01 level of significance. In subsequent use, while continuing to produce higher scores on objective tests, the programmed orientation has proven more versatile than the lecture method, especially in the case of late-entering students. Because it is easy to use and flexible, the programmed orientation is adaptable to an open enrollment situation. Brief reviews of the literature on freshman orientation and programmed instruction are included. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Mississippi