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ERIC Number: ED186074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Extent to Which Relaxation Techniques Are Taught at Community Colleges in California.
McCormick, Anne
As part of a study of the role of relaxation training in the reduction of student test anxiety, a survey of the deans of instruction at 102 California community colleges was conducted to determine the extent to which the colleges were teaching Centering, Meditation, Transcendental Meditation, Hypnotism, Yoga, and Relaxation. For each of these subjects, the survey instrument solicited information on the course name, the percentage of course content actually devoted to the subject matter, the number of credits offered, and the time of day the course was scheduled. Major findings, based upon responses from 72 deans, revealed that 54% of the responding colleges offered courses in one or more of the subjects being considered. The most frequently offered course was Yoga (offered by 37 colleges), followed by Relaxation (23 colleges), Meditation (19 colleges), Hypnosis (5 colleges), Transcendental Meditation (5 colleges), and Centering (4 colleges). Instructors used these techniques to reduce test anxiety at 19 colleges. In addition to a discussion of the survey results, the report provides: (1) a review of the literature dealing with relaxation training in the school setting, (2) comments from selected respondents, and (3) an examination of the legal problems encountered by public institutions because of the religious orientation of Transcendental Meditation and Yoga. A bibliography is included. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California