ERIC Number: ED253152
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep-24
Reference Count: N/A
Report of the Seventy-Five Minute Task Force.
Davidson, Michael S.
The advantages and disadvantages of changing class lengths at Montclair State College to a standardized 75-minute period were studied by a faculty senate task force. The task force assessment involved: a faculty survey of the proposal for changing class periods; consideration of comments submitted by faculty, staff, and others; an open discussion at the college; a student survey; evaluation of type of class schedules used by other New Jersey state colleges; and a review of the literature. Of the 37 percent of the faculty responding to the survey, about three-quarters did not want to have a 75-minute class period. Seventy-one percent of these faculty respondents had previously taught a 75-minute class. Reasons for not wanting the standardized 75-minute class included difficulty maintaining attention, and the need for a variety of class periods to meet various teaching needs. Seventy percent of the faculty preferred the college's present combination of variable class times, while 25 percent preferred to have all 50-minute classes. Of the 315 students responding to a survey, 56 percent were against and 40 percent were for the proposal. Additional findings of the surveys, discussions, and evaluation of other colleges are discussed. The questionnaires are appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montclair State Coll., Upper Montclair, NJ.