ERIC Number: ED137793
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Discovery Sessions Accentuate the Positive.
Lazdowski, Walter P.
In this experiment, New Mexico State University's College of Continuing Education sponsored a college-discovery program designed to tap a pool of prospective college students hitherto ignored: veterans, housewives, and those others who simply were afraid to try for a college education because of uncertainty concerning their capabilities. Participants, 65 adults who ranged in age from 18 to 56, attended the four-week summer session. Each class session was equally divided between academic instruction (reading, math, and study skills) and career counseling. The stated purpose of the course was to acquaint students with the university, offering them a chance to savor academia and to assess their abilities to compete in the university environment. The bulk of personalized instruction was derived from teacher-made dittos on studying, note taking, skimming and scanning techniques, library skills, and exam preparation. A text was used to promote literal, critical, and affective comprehension of materials. Analysis of results indicated that great strides were evidenced by all those involved--of the original 65 enrollees, 29 applied for the fall semester, and several others expressed their intentions to continue higher education at a later date. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Report prepared at the Region XIX Education Service Center, El Paso, Texas