ERIC Number: ED115323
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
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Reality Therapy and Personalized Instruction: A Success Story.
Mink, Oscar G.; Watts, Gordon E.
The Advanced Studies Program (ASP) at Southeastern Community College (Whiteville, North Carolina) is a developmental studies program that offers freshman courses in English, biology, and psychology to approximately 75 students. Learning activities are individualized and self-paced, and each ASP course has behaviorally stated objectives. Instructional techniques include the use of self-instructional packages, programmed materials, and various audio-tutorial aids. Through these individually styled instructional components, and reality-based counseling strategies, ASP attempts to internalize the external orientations of nontraditional students, thus greatly enhancing their chances of academic success. Rotter's Locus of Control Scale was administered to 77 freshmen prior to ASP enrollment. These students were given the scale again at the end of the first and third quarters. Of the 77 students entering ASP, 60 completed the spring quarter (77.9 percent). This persistence rate is higher than those reported by Monroe (1972) for community college students in general. Control orientation for ASP students generally shifted toward greater internality, and grade point averages improved with gains in internality. Recommendations are made for further research, and a bibliography is appended. (NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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