ERIC Number: ED322419
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
The Assessment of a Homogeneous Interdisciplinary University Core Course for the Mature Adult Learner.
Hart, Denise; Weinman, Geoffrey
Fairleigh Dickinson University developed a University Core Curriculum which it initiated in the 1987-1988 academic year (the pilot program was operational in the fall 1986 semester). The University Core is composed of four 3-credit liberal education courses: "Perspectives on the Individual," which deals with works ranging from Plato's "Crito" to Malcolm X's autobiography; "The American Experience: The Quest for Freedom," which explores ideas from de Tocqueville to recent Supreme Court decisions; "Cross Cultural Perspectives" which examines the cultures of Nigeria, Mexico, India, and China; and "Global Issues," which focuses on the role of science and technology as unifying forces. In conjunction with the university's Success Adult Degree Program, the "Perspectives on the Individual" course was offered as a homogeneous section for the nontraditional adult learner. In order to assess student interest in the course format, content, achievement, and utilization of experiential learning as compared to other sections of the course offered simultaneously where the population was heterogeneous by age, an investigator-made survey was distributed to all evening sections of the course. Final course grades, scores on midterms and final examinations, papers, class participation, and journal grades were analyzed for differences by course sections. The findings revealed no significant difference between heterogeneous and homogeneous-by-age groups. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association for Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors (74th, Nashville, TN, March 21-25, 1990).