ERIC Number: ED244711
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Feb-15
Reference Count: N/A
Summary of an Investigation into the Relative Effects on Student Performance on a "Block" vs. a "Non-Block" Scheduled Developmental Semester: Pretest-Posttest Control Group Design.
Baylis, Clifford A., Jr.
In fall 1980, a block scheduled developmental semester was offered for the first time at the Boyce Campus of the Community College of Allegheny County. The program was composed of three integrated courses: "Man, Time, and Social Change," a social science elective; "Basic Writing Techniques," a developmental English course; and "College Reading and Study Skills," a social science elective. All students in the block were registered for specifically designated sections of each of the three courses. A study was conducted to compare the academic performance of an experimental group of block-scheduled students and a control group of non-block students. The study utilized pre- and post-test measures of students' attitudes, anxieties, and specific learning behaviors. Study findings, based on comparisons of block and non-block students on the pre- and post-tests and other measures of academic achievement, included the following: (1) there were no statistically significant differences between the groups on the pre-test results; (2) post-test scores showed statistically significant advantages in attitudes, learning behaviors, and learning anxiety for the block group over the non-block group; (3) other indicators favoring the block students over the non-block students included dropout rates (20% vs. 32.5%), absentee rates (4.2% vs. 13.5%), and grade point averages (2.31 vs. 1.31). (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Allegheny County Community Coll., Monroeville, PA. Boyce Campus.