ERIC Number: ED341439
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Assessing the Preparedness and Achievement of Greenville Technical College Students Enrolled in a First Year Physical Science Course: A Preliminary Report.
Farmer, Michael H.
In December 1990, faculty members of the Greenville Technical College (GTC) Physical Sciences Department met to develop methods for improving student achievement and preparedness in the physical sciences. Given the variety of student preparedness levels and lack of data on student backgrounds, the faculty agreed that student achievement and preparedness should be monitored through an ongoing assessment program. As part of the new program, an assessment was conducted of 219 students enrolled in first-year physical science courses at GTC during the 1990-91 spring semester through administration of American Testronic's High School Subject Test (HSST) in Physical Science. The assessment focused on the pre-college preparation of GTC students compared with other students, GTC's effectiveness in improving physical science competency, the need for remediation in the physical sciences among GTC students, differences between transfer and vocational students, and the identification of particular physical science concepts with which a majority of GTC first-year students are unfamiliar. Study results included the following: (1) 25% of GTC students scored below the 50th percentile on the HSST; (2) male students at GTC scored 12.3% higher on the HSST than female students; (3) taking less than three science courses at the college level did not appear to effect students' scores on the HSST, however there was a positive correlation between the number of high school science courses taken and students' scores on the HSST; (4) students enrolled in the College Transfer and the Associate in Science degree programs appeared to score higher on the HSST than students in other programs; and (5) students scored lowest in concept areas traditionally taught in a high school physics course, which may be the result of the low enrollment in physics in South Carolina high schools. Data tables and a discussion of GTC assessment goals and ongoing assessment activities are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Preparation, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Educational Planning, Physical Sciences, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Tests, Scientific Concepts, Student Evaluation, Technical Education, Technical Institutes, Testing, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Greenville Technical Coll., SC.