ERIC Number: ED316213
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Using a Taped Mini-Course in Statistics as an Adjunct to Business Statistics. Research Report #13-89.
Boyd, Vivian; And Others
Business statistics is a required course for business and management majors and a prerequisite for advanced courses at the University of Maryland College Park. According to university records, typically 23% of the students enrolled for the course withdraw. The Counseling Center's Learning Assistance Service has a series of 16 45-minute audio-tutorial tapes with workbooks which presents important topics in basic statistics covered in the business statistics course. The taped series was offered to selected sections of the business statistics course as an adjunct to course presentations and discussions for helping students to keep up with the course material, and hence as a way of reducing the withdrawal rate from the course. Two sections of the course did not use the audiotape series and were identified as the non-treatment control group. Data concerning course grade, registration status, and academic action were obtained from university records, and were analyzed for four semesters subsequent to the semester of intervention. Students who listened to at least one of the tapes were significantly less likely to withdraw from the course and earned significantly higher grades for the course than did students who chose not to listen to the tapes and those in the control group. For four semesters after the semester of intervention, students who used the tapes held a steady re-enrollment rate of 94% as opposed to a declining enrollment rate for nonusers and for the control group. Tape users held an equally steady rate of re-enrollment in good standing (94%), while rates of re-enrollment in good standing declined for nonusers and the control group. These differences were not statistically significant; nevertheless this intervention is an effective adjunct to the course for highly motivated students and does have institutional significance. (GL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.