ERIC Number: ED160145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Instructional Practices in the Humanities, Fall 1977.
Cohen, Arthur M.
As part of an effort to survey members of the humanities faculty at 178 community colleges about their instructional practices, a sample of 1110 class sections was chosen by pulling every tenth section from the colleges' fall 1977 schedules of day and evening classes. Because 92 class sections were not offered, only 1018 survey forms were delivered to instructors of these classes; of these, 860 (84%) were returned. This paper summarized responses to questions on class size, course objectives, teacher expectations, use of class time, use of instructional media, satisfaction with and source of instructional materials, student class activities, stressed competencies, grading practices, attendance requirements, interdisciplinary approaches, types of assistance available, means of course improvement, and instructors' background. Average class size for all courses was 28, only 12 sections enrolled more than 99 students; 54 sections had fewer than 10 students. Overall, instructors lectured 45% of the time. Maps, charts, illustrations, and displays were cited as the most used instructional media. Nearly 19% of the instructors had a doctorate degree, revealing a rapid rate of increase in instructors with doctorates. The instructor survey is appended. (MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.