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ERIC Number: ED146987
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 19
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Individualized Instruction and Attrition--A Need for Rethinking Strategies.
Weddington, Doris
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
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Authoring Institution: Central Piedmont Community Coll., Charlotte, NC.