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ERIC Number: ED328333
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Pages: 60
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
High School Preparation as Viewed by Students in Miami-Dade Community College English Classes.
Einspruch, Eric
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)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.