ERIC Number: ED326157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
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The Perceived Relevancy of College Freshman Core Courses in Natural Science.
Gifford, Vernon D.; Bellipanni Lawrence
A study was conducted to determine the perceived applicability of, and the extent to which, introductory college/university core science classes were meeting the daily needs/problems of education majors at the college freshman level. A second purpose was to determine if there would be differences in perceived applicability levels of courses taken at junior colleges as compared to senior colleges. Responses from a two-question survey of students majoring in elementary and non-science secondary education (N=905) enrolled in the College of Education at two universities were analyzed. The questions asked whether course content seemed applicable to everyday life, and after having taken the course, whether the course material applied in meeting daily needs/problems. Analysis revealed that the impact of required core courses in natural science had results that fell far short of fulfilling the recommendations of most national organizations interested in science education. While up to 19% of students rated courses or application of courses as "frequently" relevant to everyday needs, up to 39% selected the "never" category. Differences found favored ratings by: elementary education majors over secondary education majors; junior college students over senior college students; and students taking physical science over those taking biological science. Contains five references. (GLR)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College Freshmen, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Core Curriculum, Education Majors, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, General Science, Higher Education, Introductory Courses, Outcomes of Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Relevance (Education), Schools of Education, Student Attitudes, Two Year College Students, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 13-16, 1990).