ERIC Number: ED319450
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of History Course Success Based on English Eligibility.
In 1989, a study was conducted at Saddleback College (SC) to determine whether an English composition course should be established as a prerequisite for the introductory U.S. history course at SC. Subjects for the study consisted of 314 students who entered the college in fall 1988 and enrolled in one of the two introductory U.S. history courses during spring 1989. A review of the students transcripts showed that 154 students had not completed an English composition course, but had an assessment score on file, and that 102 students had successfully completed an English composition course. Major findings were as follows: (1) 69% of those who received recommendations to take English 1A were successful in the history course, compared to 63% of those recommended to take a course one level below English 1A (English 1LB) and 52% of those recommended to take a course two levels below English 1A (English 2LB); (2) of the students who had successfully completed English 1A or English 1LB, 77% were successful in the history class, while 73% of those who completed English 2LB were successful in the history class; and (3) only 52% of the students who neither completed an English composition course nor took the English composition assessment test successfully completed the history course. The data did not support the establishment of a particular skill level in English composition as a prerequisite for the introductory U.S. history course at SC. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Saddleback Community Coll., Mission Viejo, CA.