ERIC Number: ED176329
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The English Classroom in an External Degree Program--A Viable Learning Environment for the 1980s.
Philbin, A. I.
A technical writing course required as part of an external degree program (EDP) offered to military personnel provides a profile of successful use of the noncampus classroom as a teaching environment. An understanding of the interests and attitudes of military students is essential, with pragmatism and idealism as the instructor's survival skills. A definition of the external class must be clear and course objectives should be primarily behavioral and nonabstract, emphasizing performance rather than comprehension. Other recommendations are: lesson plans should emphasize doing and discussing; instructional materials directed toward the interests and abilities of off-campus students should be collected or manufactured; teaching methods should be dictated largely by expediency and the environment; students should be given a choice of assignments in order to achieve an objective; evaluations should involve both objective and informal pretests and posttests of student performance and should also provide for a range of student performance to be given credit. A weakness of the program is that no efforts have been made to obtain an outside evaluation of the EDP courses, although the growth of the program testifies to the approval it receives from the major military commands who contract for it. (A sample lesson plan and student assignment handout are included.) (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the combined Annual Meeting of the Conference on English Education and the Secondary School English Conference (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 15-18, 1979)