ERIC Number: ED152357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan-29
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of a Self-Development Seminar on Freshman Learning as Measured by Grade Point Averages, Units Completed and Retention Rate.
Silver, Jane H.
This study attempted to determine the effect of a self-development seminar on the learning of 27 randomly selected college freshmen as measured by grade point averages (GPA), academic units completed, and retention rate (the percentage of students returning for a second term) for one semester beginning fall 1977. Both experimental and control groups were randomly selected from 72 students volunteering for the course prior to college registration. End of semester findings indicated that experimental students achieved a mean grade point average of 2.38 compared to l.94 for the control group. There was a significant difference in semester hours completed between groups; the experimental students earned a mean of 14.38 semester hours, while controls earned a mean of 12.48. Three times as many developmental students (18) as control (6) completed a full semester's work of 16 to 18 units. Only three experimental group members achieved less than 12 hours as opposed to 12 control group members. Twenty-six developmental and 25 control subjects re-enrolled for the spring term. Study findings were compatible with previous similar study results. (TR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University ; Best copy available