ERIC Number: ED111455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Compensatory Education in the Community College: An Interactionist Approach. Topical Paper No. 52.
Morrison, James L.; And Others
The community college has become the institution of higher education which implements the American "open class" ideology, providing an opportunity for students to learn and advance themselves socially and occupationally. Evaluative research concerning compensatory education programs in the community college indicates that such programs have not been highly successful in welcoming and encouraging those who have a history of failure in traditional schools. Most such programs have dealt solely with erasing cognitive deficiencies, but an effective program must address the affective domain as well. By emphasizing the development of small, cohesive learning groups which have norms of communication and support, and which are open to the distribution of authority and the shared responsibility for learning, the interactionist approach addresses both cognitive and affective domains. A general theoretical rationale is presented for establishing an interactionist compensatory educational program, by reviewing current programs, and examining the relationship between various affective components and academic performance. Then, a model program is presented, including a step-by-step group development and skill-building design tested and refined in community colleges. A bibliography is appended. (NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.