ERIC Number: ED213477
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Community College Students' Use of Institutional and Informal Learning Resources.
Easton, John Q.; Guskey, Thomas R.
A study of community college students' use of educational support systems was conducted at the City Colleges of Chicago. The study sought to determine: (1) the level of usage of formal support systems (e.g., teachers, class participation, counselors, tutors, libraries, and other learning resources); (2) the level of usage of informal support systems (e.g., friends, classmates, and study groups); (3) the correlation among the use of various support systems; and (4) the relationship between the use of support systems and students' attitudes toward peer assistance, educational expectations, high school grade point average (GPA), and course grade. Students were asked to indicate whether they never, sometimes, often, or always engaged in eight formal support activities and seven informal support activities. Responses from 120 students revealed that, among formal support systems, raising hands in class to ask questions was the most frequently engaged in activity, while consulting tutors received the lowest use rating. Among informal supports, helping other students received the highest frequency rating, while study groups were the least frequently used support system. Students who used these support systems tended to have higher educational expectations, friends with higher expectations, higher high school GPA's, and higher course grades than students who did not use these supports. Data tables corresponding to questionnaire items are included. (KL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (West Palm Beach, FL, 1982).