ERIC Number: ED316081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Summer Session Learning Experiences at the University of Alberta. A Report for the Western Association of Summer Session Administrators.
Brook, P.; And Others
The results of a study designed to develop an understanding of the background characteristics, motivations, and experiences of students enrolled in summer school at the University of Alberta, are presented. A questionnaire developed to gather information on personal characteristics; academic factors; enrollment motivations; and administrative, resource, and course experiences was administered to 418 students in 18 classes in the faculties of arts and education. Findings included the following: two-thirds were 23 or older, female, and residing in Edmonton; slightly more than half of the respondents reported full-time student status for occupation; the most frequently reported motivations for registering for summer courses were to speed up degree completion and/or to ease course load during the regular term; and students were generally satisfied with their experiences relating to administrative matters. Recommendations included: expansion of courses to aid in acceleration of degree completion; expansion of variety of course offerings; offering courses with a pre-session study component; offering professional development for instructors in adult instruction; and initiating systematic evaluation of spring and summer sessions to establish a data base for planning. Five appendices are: a list of departments participating in the study; the survey instrument; an information letter to faculty members and letter from the Director of Special Sessions; the student volunteer form; and the interview consent form. Contains 13 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Univ., Edmonton. Faculty of Education.