ERIC Number: ED180523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of COM 080. Office of Institutional Research, Research Report 79-1.
Drakulich, J. Scott
During the fall 1978 semester, 505 students participated in a pre-test/post-test research study designed to evaluate the effectiveness of a remedial English course, COM 080, at Essex County College. The instruments used for the study were the essay portion of the New Jersey Basic Skills Placement Test, the Test of Adult Basic Education, and a course evaluation questionnaire. The results of the study indicated that 63.9% of the students successfully completed the writing portion of the course, and 10.5% scored well enough for placement in regular English courses. Students whose reading pre-test scores were in the 3rd to 7th grade equivalent range and above a 10th grade equivalent (49% of the class) made statistically significant progress. Overall, 67.7% of the students successfully completed the course with a "C" grade or better; 29.7% received an "R" (repeat) grade. The correlation between final grades and pre-test scores was low (.121); however, the correlation between post-test essay scores and final grades was somewhat higher (.320). Of the students who took the course, 382 completed the evaluation. The course was highly evaluated both by students and faculty, both groups feeling that the students' writing and reading skills had improved. The most valuable component of the course was felt to be the formal writing practice. Journal writing and free reading and browsing received low ratings. (Author/AYC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Community Colleges, Course Evaluation, English Instruction, Grades (Scholastic), Participant Satisfaction, Reading Achievement, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Reading, Skill Development, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Essex County Coll., Newark, NJ.