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ERIC Number: ED262773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
PSI Students' Need for Class Interaction and How to Satisfy This Need.
Bull, A. Vivien
A study was conducted at the California State University, San Bernardino, to determine how best to conduct elementary, intermediate, and advanced courses in French via self-paced learning. A questionnaire was given to current students and to alumni who had taken at least one self-paced course in French to assess their opinions on existing methods of instruction. Findings indicated that 94% felt that existing small self-paced classes helped them adapt to college life; 98% expressed surprise that the instructor "cared enough" to be available often; and 61% remarked that before entering a self-paced class they had not realized that learning depended upon them, and that this realization had changed their whole attitude toward their academic life. Although most students do not purposefully choose the self-paced approach and initially have problems directing themselves, its popularity is increasing. Advantages to the instructor include a knowledge that the material has been mastered before a new topic is introduced; for students, the discipline, organization of time, and acceptance of responsibility will carry over to traditional courses. Supporting materials provided include descriptions of materials used in the course, the organization of the class schedule, and a class session. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A