ERIC Number: ED134495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Personalizing Instruction in Business, Economics, and Related Subjects.
State Univ. of New York, Old Westbury. Empire State Coll. Long Island Learning Center.
This paper describes the personalized instruction program for economic education at Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, New York. Personalized instruction is defined as relating subject content to the personal background, interests, needs, and abilities of the student. Students proceed at their own pace, use materials suitable to their individual abilities, and derive immediate practical value from academic work. Each student's degree program is developed with help from his faculty advisor. Courses, called contracts, could involve readings, writing tasks, projects, or related employment. Students work on one contract at a time and receive credits according to time involved. Various types of student evaluation are used; sometimes outside experts must be called upon to evaluate unusual contracts. In addition, at the end of each contract period a digest and evaluation are written which briefly describe the learning activities and the materials used. Examples of personalized contracts are supplied for basic economics, consumer economics, economic geography, labor economics, money and banking, women in the economy, poverty, energy, statistics, business and economic history, management, advertising and marketing, accounting, and business law. Little data is available so far to evaluate the program. An extensive bibliography of research in individualized, self-paced, and personalized instruction in economics is included. (ND)
Descriptors: Business Education, College Curriculum, College Programs, Contracts, Course Content, Course Descriptions, Economics, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Experimental Colleges, Higher Education, Individualized Instruction, Program Content, Program Descriptions, Program Design, Program Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Council on Economic Education, Albany.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Old Westbury. Empire State Coll. Long Island Learning Center.