ERIC Number: ED328333
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
High School Preparation as Viewed by Students in Miami-Dade Community College English Classes.
In 1990, a survey was conducted of students at Miami-Dade Community College (M-DCC) to determine their perceptions of their high school preparation for college. The survey was distributed to a 5% random sample of English classes. Surveys were returned from 502 students in 26 of the 31 sampled classes for a response rate of 84%. A comparison with findings from a similar study conducted in 1982 revealed no significant differences in student perceptions of their high school preparation. Major findings of the study were as follows: (1) on questions designed to assess students' level of commitment to educational goals, 43.6% of the respondents indicated that they had not studied a great deal in high school; over 70% said they usually studied for tests, handed in reports/papers on time, and did their homework; slightly more than one-third said they had a special time and place to do their homework; 54% participated in extracurricular activities; 25.1% indicated that they picked easy courses in high school; and 84.9% planned to attend M-DCC for at least 2 years; (2) on questions focusing on students' perceptions of their high school performance, 54% said their courses were easy for them, 54.6% said they received mostly A's and B's in high school, 39.4% reported receiving mostly C's and D's, and 55% felt ready for college when they graduated from high school; (3) in terms of the academic demands made by their high school, 30.9% said they rarely had to do their homework at home, 69.3% indicated that they had not read 50 pages per week, only 22.7% indicated that they used the library more than 10 times to obtain information, 10.8% indicated that they had no essay exams in high school, 44.6% felt they had not learned to study in high school; (4) less than one fourth of the respondents indicated that they would do everything in the same way if they could do their high school years over; and (5) only 39% agreed that their high school courses prepared them for a job, just over one-half felt high school prepared them for college, and less than one-half agreed that high school prepared them to be an adult. Responses of remedial students are compared with those of students in college-level courses. The survey instrument and student comments are included. (JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aptitude, College Bound Students, College English, College Preparation, Community Colleges, Educationally Disadvantaged, High Schools, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Tables (Data), Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.