ERIC Number: ED301238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
PVCC Faculty Assessment of General Education Objectives. Research Report Number 7-88.
Priddy, David L.; Head, Ronald B.
In February 1988, a survey was conducted at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) to determine the extent to which the general education objectives established by the college were included in classroom teaching and the college's instructional programs. All full- and part-time PVCC faculty were asked to complete a survey form for each course they taught, indicating to what degree each of 22 general education objectives was covered in the course, whether the objectives were unclear, and whether the objectives were appropriate to the course. Study findings, based on a 63% response rate from the full-time faculty, included the following: (1) few instructors indicated that any of the objectives were unclear to them; (2) there seemed to be general agreement that the objectives were appropriate to the courses taught, but faculty for 88 classes felt that the objective "to develop an appreciation for the arts" was inappropriate, "to sharpen all senses and learn to make aesthetic judgements" was inappropriate for 73 classes, and "to develop the body, through physical education, testing its limits and learning new skills, in order to bring mind and body into a graceful and harmonious unity" was inappropriate for 148 classes; (3) social science and humanities courses tended to cover the objectives most completely, though health technology courses had the second highest level of coverage; and (4) there were no major differences in the coverage of the objectives between full-time and part-time faculty. The survey instrument is appended. (AJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.
Note: Also included is a summary of the report, PVCC Institutional Brief No. 88-11.