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ERIC Number: ED201374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Student Participation and Success in Community College Science Education Programs.
Friedlander, Jack
A study was conducted at a large, multi-campus, urban community college district to determine: (1) which science courses were being completed by women and minority students; (2) the completion rates of women and minority students in different areas of science, i.e., social science, mathematics, physical science, biological science, engineering, and agriculture; (3) the extent to which student performance in initial science courses is a good indicator of enrollment and performance in subsequent science courses; (4) the science-related careers of interest to women and minority students; and (5) the degree to which students interested in preparing for a science-related career are taking the courses needed to achieve their objectives. Answers to these questions were obtained from two data sources: the transcripts of 8,873 randomly selected students and the responses of 6,432 students to an in-class survey. The transcript analysis revealed that only 40% of the students had taken a science course, and that of these, 48% received an unsatisfactory grade. Students who earned a grade of "A,""B," or "C" in their initial science course were more likely to enroll in and complete a subsequent course. A high percentage of the students surveyed noted an interest in science-related careers, however many of these students had completed no science courses after completing 31 to 60 units of college credit. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).