ERIC Number: ED221142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Students' Perceptions of Gains from Studying D101, the Social Science Foundation Course.
Taylor, Elizabeth; And Others
Students were surveyed to determine the outcomes of participation in an introductory social science course at the Open University (England). The 18 students were taking their first Open University course, and most had little recent formal education. Many were unsure about their ability to handle the course and did not know what to expect of it. Some were surprised at the breadth of course content, others at the lack of contact with other students and lack of formal tutoring. Some wanted more direction; others wanted less. The concept of learning as an assimilation of pieces of information was unfamiliar to some, and that process had to be learned also. Student preferences seemed divided into two groups: those who liked the economics and disliked the sociology, and those who liked sociology and disliked economics. Students' perceived gains included knowledge of the subject areas, perspective on society, growth of skepticism, a broadening of awareness, perception of changes within oneself, and orientation to studying. Notes on the method of conducting student interviews are appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Educational Benefits, Expectation, External Degree Programs, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Introductory Courses, Nontraditional Students, Open Universities, Social Sciences, Student Attitudes, Student Needs, Study Skills, Teaching Methods
Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, England.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Open Univ., Walton, Bletchley, Bucks (England). Inst. of Educational Technology.