ERIC Number: ED205236
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Instructional Practices in the Humanities and Sciences.
Cohen, Arthur M.; Brawer, Florence B.
Findings are summarized for a survey of 15% of the nation's community colleges which was conducted in 1977 and 1978. The survey investigated types of courses, enrollments, and instructional practices in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and technologies and evaluated findings in terms of institutional size, location, and governance. The 23 disciplines investigated were agriculture, anthropology, art history and appreciation, biology, chemistry, earth and space science, economics, engineering, ethnic and area studies, foreign languages, history, interdisciplinary humanities, literature, mathematics, music appreciation, natural sciences, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, and theater history and film appreciation. For each discipline, the study report presents a one- to two-paragraph discussion on the percentage of colleges offering courses in the discipline; the areas of the country where the courses are most commonly offered; the types of courses offered within the discipline; course prerequisites, if any; enrollment trends; instructional methods and materials used by instructors; and common testing procedures. The report is appended by a table delineating the average percent of class time devoted by humanities and science instructors to 12 learning activities, including lectures, student presentations, and field trips. (JP)
Descriptors: Agriculture, College Instruction, College Science, Community Colleges, Courses, Enrollment Trends, Fine Arts, Humanities, Instructional Materials, National Surveys, Natural Sciences, Physical Sciences, Science Instruction, Social Sciences, Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.