ERIC Number: ED215881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun-9
Reference Count: 0
Cocoa High School's Academic Courses as Viewed by Their Consumers: A Field Study.
Louwerse, F. H.
A 16-item self-report instrument (included in an appendix) was developed to determine the views held by students (N=1,004) concerning aspects of courses in 5 academic areas: English, foreign languages, mathematics, science, and social studies. Individual items reflected views concerning: understanding course requirments (2 items), teacher/student interactions (5 items), teacher characteristics (4 items), and student evaluation of teachers (2 items) and courses (3 items). Percentages of responses for each item related to these four general areas are presented in the appendix and discussed in the body of the paper. Responses indicated, among others, that science students had the clearest picture of course objectives, were the least aware of class expectations, and believed their teachers were most willing to help them (followed closely by social studies teachers); although mathematics and science courses were considered difficult, most courses in general were not; although teachers were seen as knowledgeable, this was not equated with classroom poise; about half of the students felt welcome in their classes; and about two-thirds believed that tests were fair but not returned soon enough. Suggestions for teachers include emphasizing course objectives and class expectations, becoming a more effective role model, and changing instructional strategies to motivate students. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: English Curriculum, High School Students, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Second Languages, Secondary Education, Secondary School Curriculum, Secondary School Mathematics, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Teachers, Social Studies, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Student Reaction, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Characteristics
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cocoa Beach High School, FL.