ERIC Number: ED115315
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Mastery Learning: A Strategy for Academic Success in a Community College. Topical Paper No. 53.
Jones, Emmett L.; And Others
This paper describes the implementation of a Mastery Learning approach to instruction at Olive-Harvey College (OHC) in Chicago, and outlines planning and operating procedures for its implementation at other institutions. This approach was attempted at OHC as a response to the decreasing abilities of entering students, after many other innovative techniques had been tried with limited success. The Mastery Learning strategy rested on a foundation of fundamental propositions about learning, and seemed specially in accord with the community college's philosophic emphasis on instruction. The paper describes the development of course objectives, establishment of achievement criteria, definition of learning units and identification of learning elements, and the construction of diagnostic tests and prescriptive remedial materials. In general, the Mastery Learning approach has been judged successful at OHC; although some problems have been encountered, a greater level of achievement has been attained by students in Mastery Learning classes. Mastery Learning has permitted traditional group instruction within the fixed academic calendar. It has not required administrative restructuring, complex instructional hardware, curricular change, or a large budget allocation; thus it lends itself to implementation in many different college situations. (BB)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.