ERIC Number: ED181942
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep-4
Reference Count: 0
Effective Instruction: A Position Paper.
Chausow, Hymen M.
Faculty members are the most important resource for attaining high student achievement and retention rates. At the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), interviews with instructors who achieved over 90% retention for the Spring 1979 semester revealed that their courses were well-structured, used materials related to students' needs, and did not rely heavily upon lectures. Above all, these instructors took a personal interest in each student. Specific approaches which proved effective at the CCC include the following: (1) retention rates in a television English course were raised from 55% to 100% through the use of taped comments by the teacher about the students' compositions; (2) videocassette modules, used to explain economic concepts, were made available for students' use in the library; (3) two Humanities instructors used the Crowder approach (scrambled text) to programmed learning to improve class discussions; (4) several teachers used a variety of ways of providing programmed evaluation to give immediate feedback to students taking tests; and (5) many faculty members have achieved success using the Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations (PLATO) system. Other notable gains in retention and achievement have been made by using mastery learning procedures, special counseling and orientation sessions during summer, special completion awards, testing and assessment, and cooperative course development. (AYC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Feedback, Mastery Learning, Multimedia Instruction, Persistence, Programed Instruction, Student Evaluation, Student Personnel Services, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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