ERIC Number: ED122717
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Directed Study: How Instructors See It.
Peterson, Nancy A.
Comment, n18 p1-6 Jun 1974
Directed study is an individualized on- or off-campus learning experience arranged between an undergraduate student and one or more University of Minnesota faculty members for academic credit in an area not covered by regular courses. The College of Liberal Arts Office for Special Learning Opportunities (OSLO) investigated the directed study program, and its findings are discussed together with university and CLA guidelines for faculty. The OSLO study surveyed transcripts of 100 randomly selected students in directed courses and also conducted structured interviews with 40 instructors in 24 departments, all experienced in directing individual learning projects. Questions were grouped into six general areas: establishing contact, proposal formulation, credit, evaluation, faculty time and effort, and a set of miscellaneous questions. It was found that independent study elicits greater faculty output per student than other forms of undergraduate instruction, involves more personal interaction, and requires greater effort to assign a fair grade. Approaches vary widely in terms of how instructors work with students. The directed study approach was assessed by the Senate Committee on Educational Policy as a valid alternative and supportive approach but one that should be limited, in view of its expense, in order to maintain high standards both in directed study projects and in regular courses. (LBH)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Credits, Expenditure per Student, Grading, Higher Education, Independent Study, Individual Instruction, Individualized Programs, Interviews, Nontraditional Education, Student Teacher Relationship
Center for Educational Development, 317 Walter Library, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Educational Development.