ERIC Number: ED162582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
A Study to Determine the Feasibility of Eliminating Night Final Examinations. An Instructional Improvement Project.
Anton, Kristin P.; Lawrence, Barbara L.
Colleges and universities were surveyed to determine their methods of scheduling final exams, and undergraduate students at the University of California at Berkeley were surveyed regarding finals scheduling. Inquiries were sent to 3l schools chosen on the basis of their similarities to the Berkeley campus in size, urban location, and/or use of the quarter system. Most other schools use a similar system, in which a special period is set aside for the final, and each exam group is tied to the regular class hour. Schools on the semester system seem to have the least difficulty with their finals schedules. Approximately 1,000 students of the study sample returned the questionnaire for a response rate of 65 percent. The analysis of the student survey consists of two parts, a statistical analysis by sex of responses to the six closed-ended questionnaire items, and a summary of responses to the open-ended question regarding suggestions for finals scheduling. About 55 percent of the students responded to the open-ended question, and a majority of the responses elaborated on the theme that eliminating night finals is not worth the price of reducing the present one and one half hour intervals between finals. There was a consensus among the women, and among a sizable proportion of the men, that it is risky (especially for women) to be on campus after dark. Appendices provide statistical tables on the responses to questionnaire items. (SW)
Descriptors: College Students, Comparative Analysis, Evening Programs, Feasibility Studies, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Questionnaires, Research Projects, Safety, Scheduling, School Surveys, Statistical Analysis, Student Reaction, Tests, Time
University of California at Berkeley, Office of Admissions and Records, Berkeley, CA
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Office of Admissions and Records.