ERIC Number: ED160124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Going Beyond the Rigidities of Formal, Traditional Education: Independent, Self-Paced University Study.
The University of Southern California (USC) Library School offered an experimental self-paced, independent learning program during the 1976-1977 academic year to help those students who desire this type of professional training but are unable to attend classes on a daily or semi-weekly basis in the traditional pattern of scheduling. Program objectives included allowing students to pursue a degree or continuing education program under circumstances convenient to them, researching and evaluating the independent study curriculum as compared with the regular traditional program, and producing not "finished" graduates but life-long learners. Six courses were offered in several time frames: late afternoon, evening, and Saturday. For each course, faculty members developed supplementary enrichment materials, course outlines, modules, and study guides. Student evaluation consisted of refined pretests developed for each of the three types of classes, periodic tests and examinations, and post-tests. Findings indicate that the program was successful because all of the students increased their scores between the pre- and post-tests, self-paced students' performance was generally equal to that of students in the regular program, and they tended to have fewer incompletes. Recommendations and suggestions for future programs are included. (JPF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Los Angeles. School of Library Science.