ERIC Number: ED108716
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
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Comparative Evaluation of a Joint Lecture-Discussion Approach to U. S. History.
Hinrichsen, Keith A.; Schaumburg, Gary F.
In fall 1970 several sections of a one-semester required U.S. history course (History 27: American History and Constitution) at Cerritos College (California) were combined into a joint lecture-discussion (JL) for 200 or more students. The opportunities for providing two lecturers stressing their topical specialties in group discussions seemed preferable to the traditional lecture (TL) class which enrolls 60 to 80 students. However, between fall 1970 and fall 1973, student interest and enrollment in JL sections continuously declined. In order to compare the relative benefits of JL and TL instruction, grade reports were obtained for the 1,006 JL students and the 1,525 TL students who had enrolled in History 27 from fall 1970 to fall 1973. Results indicate higher retention rates for the TL classes and no significant differences in student academic performance. Analysis of registration counts showed that the TL approach attracted students more readily than the JL approach. Possible reasons for these findings are discussed and a review of the literature relating to student motivational preferences for various teaching methods and a bibliography are provided. The authors also make recommendations for improving JL team-teaching ventures at Cerritos. (DC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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