ERIC Number: ED146987
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Individualized Instruction and Attrition--A Need for Rethinking Strategies.
In order to determine the reasons for attrition in individualized courses, completion rates and instructional styles for an individualized communications skills course were examined, beginning with a class group in fall 1969 where 80.55% completed the course and continuing with an open lab concept through winter, spring, and summer 1970, when completion ranged from 60% to 66.9%. The open lab allowed the student freedom to work whenever he chose and to consult with any instructor available. To further test this variable, an experiment was established in which a group class was offered in summer 1971, an open lab format was used in fall 1971, and a group class was offered again in winter 1972. Completion rates were respectively 90%, 66.19%, and 80.95%, a highly significant difference. Three factors contributing to persistence in the class group were identified: specific time assignments for instruction and laboratory use, regular association with a consistent peer group, and regular contact with a given instructor. Additionally, it was concluded that the group class provided the student a simulation of the world of work by requiring (1) responsibility for a regular time commitment, (2) the ability to work independently in an inter-dependent group situation, and (3) an on-going relationship with a supervisor. (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Central Piedmont Community Coll., Charlotte, NC.