ERIC Number: ED324063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Classroom Based Research. Final Report.
Wiecking, Kirk M.; And Others
In 1985-1987, seven faculty members at Sacramento City College (SCC), California, conducted classroom-based research studies as part of an effort by the college to involve faculty directly in research as a means to improve teaching and learning. In 1987-88, three follow-up studies were conducted to validate and/or expand upon the original research. This monograph contains the three reports undertaken as follow-up studies. The first study, "Integrating Content Area, Study, and Writing Skills Instruction: Follow-up Study," by Robert T. Carroll, was unable to find any significant effect on learning outcomes (as measured by exam scores and retention rates) attributable to the introduction of study and writing skills instruction into a philosophy class. The second report, "Logarithms and the Hand Held Calculator," by Ronald Hatton, indicates that no significant difference was found between students using hand-held calculators and students working free-hand, in their ability to perform exponential and logarithmic functions in one out of three cases. The final study, "Combined Reading and Writing Instruction," by Delbert L. Prescott, examined skills improvement among a group of students reading below the seventh grade level to determine whether: (1) writing instruction improved reading skills; (2) reading instruction improved reading skills; and (3) combining reading and writing improved retention rates and promoted advancement. Improvement was found in all areas except reading comprehension. Evaluation instruments and the original program budget proposal are included. (JMC)
Descriptors: Calculators, Classroom Research, Community Colleges, Followup Studies, Instructional Improvement, Learning Strategies, Logarithms, Mathematics Instruction, Reading Instruction, Reading Writing Relationship, Staff Development, Tables (Data), Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sacramento City Coll., CA.
Note: For related documents, see JC 900 511 and 513.