ERIC Number: ED231496
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
"It's Not My Job"--Basic Skill Development in a Sociology Course, a Shared Solution.
Davis, Barbara; Luvaas-Briggs, Linda
In response to the academic needs revealed by students' reading scores and faculty perceptions of students' skill deficiencies, Sacramento City College (SCC) developed two programs of integrated skills and content instruction. Using a team-teaching format, the HELP (Higher Education Learning Package) and Adjunct programs seek improvement of students' basic skills and personal development through an interdisciplinary approach. The HELP model involves a content course, developmental reading and writing courses, and a counseling component. Adjunct classes involve team-taught courses focusing on reading, writing, and study skills practice using the content area. Basic skills instruction in these programs emphasizes finding the main idea of a passage, studying reading methods, taking notes, paraphrasing, outlining, developing vocabulary, learning library research skills, and other areas. While the HELP program covers all of these skills, due to its more limited time, the Adjunct class covers only two or three skills in depth and briefly goes over the remaining skills. Evaluative studies of these programs reveal an increase in students' reading skills, a more positive approach toward learning tasks, and increased self-confidence. While difficulties do exist in integrated skills and content instruction, the approach is beneficial not only to students, but also to instructors, who are given an opportunity to learn techniques to help their students succeed in college. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sacramento City Coll., CA.