ERIC Number: ED349073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
QUANTA: An Interdisciplinary Learning Community (Four Studies).
Avens, Cynthia; Zelley, Richard
QUANTA is a year-long interdisciplinary program at Daytona Beach Community College (Florida) that seeks to establish a learning community of students and teachers. Three courses (English, Pyschology, and Humanities) are integrated around a common theme each semester of the freshman year, and are taught using a collaborative teaching model. This collection of reports on the QUANTA learning community includes introductory background information and four research studies. The first study report summarizes an assessment of the intellectual development of members of the QUANTA class of 1989-90. The assessment utilized a measure based on Perry's scheme of cognitive development. This report indicates that the mean change in position on the Measure of Intellectual Development for QUANTA students (.20) in one semester was greater than the mean change for a normative sample (.18) after 4 years of college. The second study report provides QUANTA student retention data for fall 1985 (in which 69 students were enrolled) through winter 1991 (in which 67 students were enrolled), revealing that the mean retention rate was 92% for fall, and 94% for winter. The third study report summarizes findings of student evaluations of the QUANTA program from winter 1988 through winter 1992. In addition to providing verbatim responses to open-ended questions, the report presents tables of students' ratings of 10 aspects of the program by year. Finally, the fourth study report presents the findings of a survey of the attitudes of QUANTA alumni (n=55) toward the program. Data tables and survey instruments are included. (MAB)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Freshmen, Community Colleges, English Instruction, Graduate Surveys, Humanities Instruction, Intellectual Development, Interdisciplinary Approach, Participant Satisfaction, Psychology, Questionnaires, School Holding Power, Student Attitudes, Thematic Approach, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Unified Studies Curriculum
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Daytona Beach Community Coll., FL.