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ERIC Number: ED180557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Utilizing Workshops in Technical Composition.
Ramsden, Patricia A.
Observing that the lecture/discussion instructional technique resulted in high failure rates among students taking technical composition, an instructor at Madisonville Community College (Kentucky) implemented a new course system designed to provide individualized instruction. The system called for two fifty-minute lectures per week attended by all students and several fifty-minute workshops each limited to an enrollment of seven students. Though students spent the same amount of time in class as they did in the traditional lecture course, teacher class time differed slightly depending on the number of students enrolled. During the workshops, students received individualized help with specific writing problems, wrote final drafts for writing assignments explained during the lecture, and took exams at an individualized pace. Preliminary implementation suggested that the course design was successful. Of the 31 students enrolled during the first semester, five withdrew and only two failed. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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