ERIC Number: ED256457
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug-29
Reference Count: 0
An Examination of the Validity of Prerequisites in the Criminal Justice Curriculum at Kirkwood Community College.
Koefoed, Julius O., Jr.
A study using students' grades was conducted to examine the validity of the prerequisites for the Criminal Justice Curriculum at Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, IA). Using transcripts of all students who had enrolled in selected courses targeted as needing prerequisites, a random sample was obtained, tabulated, and analyzed. The study investigated whether the student had taken a recommended prerequisite, and Composition 1 (Grammar and Punctuation) or Composition 2 (Research and Term Paper Writing). Study findings included the following: (1) the majority of the students in the sample were Liberal Arts majors (32.1%), followed by Allied Health majors (21.4%) and Law Enforcement majors (19.0); (2) students who earned a grade of "C" or better in the recommended prerequisite were more likely to get a grade of "C" or better in the targeted course; (3) not taking the prerequisite course did not seem to adversely affect the students' grades as much as taking it and doing poorly; and (4) students who took Composition 1 or 2 did not appear to do significantly better or worse regardless of their final grade outcomes in the composition courses. (AYC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.