ERIC Number: ED202511
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Feb-6
Reference Count: N/A
The Science Curriculum in the Los Angeles Community College District.
Friedlander, Jack; Sillman, Donna
The 1979-1980 class schedules for the nine institutions within the Los Angeles Community College District were examined to document the number and variety of courses offered by the colleges in six areas of science: agriculture, biological sciences, engineering sciences and technology, mathematics and computer science, physical sciences, and social sciences. Specifically, this analysis sought to determine the percentage of class sections devoted to the sciences, the percentage of science courses with prerequisites, and the instructional format used in these classes (e.g., lecture or lab). It also sought to establish the number of science courses falling under four audience categories: (1) general introductory courses for non-majors; (2) courses designed for science majors who need to satisfy lower-division science requirements; (3) courses for students in science-related occupational courses; and (4) preparatory courses designed to ready underskilled students for introductory science courses. Major findings reveal that science courses made up 24% of the District's curriculum. Almost half of the science classes (48%) were designed as general introductory courses, while 19% were for science majors and another 19% were for vocational students. Prerequisites existed for 47% of the courses, and 68% of the class sections were offered only in lecture format. The study report details findings by campus for each of the science areas. (JP)
Descriptors: Agriculture, Biological Sciences, College Curriculum, College Science, Community Colleges, Computer Science, Curriculum Research, Engineering, Introductory Courses, Lecture Method, Majors (Students), Mathematics, Multicampus Districts, Nonmajors, Physical Sciences, Remedial Instruction, Science Laboratories, Social Sciences, Two Year Colleges, Urban Schools, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.