ERIC Number: ED125479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Relationship of Course Characteristics to Differential Performance of Martin Luther King Program and Other Students in Selected College of Liberal Arts Courses.
Armstrong, Roberta A.; Hall, William V.
Office of Student Affairs Research Bulletin, v16 n15 Jun 30, 1976
College of Liberal Arts courses in which Martin Luther King Program (MLK) students registered from 1970 to 1972 were studied to explore the relationship of course characteristics to differences in performance between MLK and non-MLK students. Courses in which 15 or more MLK students received A through F grades were selected and divided into two groups: (1) proportion of MLK passing the course no different from non-MLK (N=27), and (2) proportion of non-MLK passing the course greater than MLK (N=13). Instructors were surveyed to assess course characteristics such as mode of instruction, purpose of course, type of exam items, and amount of reading. Class size and course level were also studied. Only one of the 11 items studied, the basis on which grades were determined, showed a significant difference between the two course performance groups; MLK students were less likely to perform as well as non-MLK students when grades were based solely on exams or quizzes. Possible explanations for the lack of more significant findings are discussed (e.g., broad individual differences within MLK and non-MLK groups). (Author/JMF)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Office for Student Affairs.