ERIC Number: ED281595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of the Students Enrolled in the Correspondence Study Course, "Medical Terminology."
Schrader, Marvin A.
A study was conducted to obtain information regarding students enrolled in a Medical Terminology correspondence course developed jointly by the Wisconsin Vocational, Technical and Adult Education System and the University of Wisconsin's Extension Division. Specifically, the study sought to gather information about student types and characteristics, students' reasons for enrolling in the course, factors important in choosing a correspondence study course, and the importance of the audio component of the course for student learning. A 25-item survey instrument was administered to 124 students who enrolled in the Medical Terminology course between June 1, 1984 and May 31, 1986. Study findings, based on a 64% response rate, included the following: (1) 56% of the respondents indicated that they had taken the course to satisfy a degree or diploma requirement, 21% enrolled for career advancement, and 20% enrolled to perform present duties better or more easily; (2) the four most important factors related to respondents' choice of a correspondence course were "no conflict with work schedule,""no travel to class,""interested in content," and "preferred to study at home or work rather than at school"; (3) "books and references" were considered the most important means of understanding course content, followed by "teacher,""family and friends," and "other students"; and (4) 37% of the respondents indicated that the audiotape component of the correspondence course was "not important." Based on study findings, a number of recommendations were developed for course improvement. The survey instrument is appended. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. practicum, Nova University.