ERIC Number: ED243504
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Accounting through Innovative Technological Means Challenges the Gifted and Retains the Capable Student.
Sitton, Vivian; Haney, Frances
In fall 1979, the Business Department at Isothermal Community College established an Individualized Instruction Center (IIC) to enhance student success through the use of individualized, audiovisual, and tutorial methods. The IIC's staff, which consists of four full-time instructors, four paraprofessionals, three part-time clerical/technical assistants, and one full-time secretary, are committed to the philosophy of individualized instruction and concern for each student. Since 1980, all three quarters of a Principles of Accounting course have been offered at the IIC, with the following results: (1) course enrollment increased 5% in fall 1980, 104% in winter 1981, and 178% in spring 1981; (2) the failure and withdrawal rate dropped by 50%; (3) among the students who received a"P" grade (which permits students to continue a course the following term) in fall 1980, 40% received a grade of "A" or "B" by the end of the winter quarter; (4) five of the accounting students were able to complete all three quarters of the course in 6 months or less when allowed to advance at their own pace; (5) only 1.2% of the 426 students enrolled in the IIC accounting class during fall and winter quarters received a "C" or "D" grade, compared to 31% who earned a "C" or "D" in the traditional class during the 1979-80 academic year; and (6) the number of students earning a failing grade was 50% less under the audiovisual tutorial method than with the traditional method. Information on staff responsibilities and IIC costs is included. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Isothermal Community Coll., Spindale, NC.