ERIC Number: ED140881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Dec-3
Measuring Student Preference at Oxnard Community College for Psychology Courses and Psychology Oriented Fields.
Hawkins, William R.
A survey of students at Oxnard Community College (California) was conducted in order to determine whether students who had identified their major or career interests knew the psychology course requirements of their majors, and to solicit student preferences for psychology courses related to their career fields. In addition, student preferences for course offerings and scheduling were measured. A sample of 428 students completed the survey, with the results indicating that 60% of the students had an interest in career fields, and of these students, half knew the psychology requirements for their respective career fields; 18% had an interest in academic and/or other fields, of which 37% knew the psychology requirements for their majors; and 63% of the students who knew their major or career fields selected psychology courses commensurate with these fields. It was concluded that the preferences of students for courses could be measured and that such measurement might be used as an aid in course scheduling and instructor assignments. In addition, it was felt that through more intensive counseling and a continuing effort to survey the preferences of students, Oxnard College could reduce student confusion regarding course requirements and offer a better selection of psychology classes. Tabular survey data are included in the report and the survey instrument is appended. (JDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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