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Human Development Instruction in the Community College: A Summary Report of a Personal Growth Course.
Whitehurst, Melvin; Farnell, Michael J.
A personal growth course was developed and taught at Houston Community College (Texas) during the fall of 1974. Ninety students in 10 sections were given three semester hours of academic credit upon successful completion of the course. Fifteen three-hour classes were conducted. The first 12 sessions were designed primarily to increase the students' self-awareness and self-understanding with a minimal focus on producing behavioral change. The last three classes were designed to help the student build a personal growth plan based on the self-awareness and self-understanding gained from the first 12 sessions. Each class session began with a stated objective, and students were provided with structured activities. Students were encouraged to express themselves freely and to provide feedback to others. The Personal Orientation Inventory and a specially designed Perception of Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Scale were administered on the first night of class and again on the last night of class. Scores on inner direction, self-acceptance, self-regard, capacity for intimate contact, spontaneity, existentiality, acceptance of aggression, self-actualizing value energy, and time competency increased significantly. Test data are organized into tables, and a complete course syllabus is appended. (Author/NHM)
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