ERIC Number: ED146976
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
On Your Own--But Not Alone: Life Lab's Approach to Learning.
Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL.
Life Lab, an alternative educational program stressing self-directed learning at Miami-Dade Community College, is discussed in terms of its development, impact, and student attributes. More than half of the document presents personal histories and opinions of students and staff, alternating with the views of Dr. MacGregor Smith, program founder. An appended document reports five studies covering a wide range of student attributes: (1) Self-Concept Study, Phase II, indicating a significant relationship between length of time in the program and an increase in self-awareness, as measured by the Distribution Score of the Tennessee Self Concept Scale; (2) Demographic Survey, with a 69.13% return rate, showing the typical student to be a middle-aged, white male, married and employed full-time; (3) Learning Style Study, with results from the Learning Style Inventory indicating student and program approaches are consistent; (4) Nowicki-Strickland Study, showing that the program's students do not differ significantly from other community college populations regarding range of locus of control; (5) Educational Attitudes Study, finding students' attitudes to be consistent with the programs in which they were enrolled. (LH)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Experimental Programs, Individual Development, Individualized Programs, Learning, Locus of Control, Nontraditional Education, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Self Actualization, Self Concept, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Teacher Attitudes, Two Year Colleges
Miami-Dade Community College Foundation Life Lab Fund, 11011 S.W. 104th Street, Miami, Florida 33176 ($4.00 donation requested)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL.