ERIC Number: ED357777
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
College of the Canyons Student and Faculty Evaluation of Placement Results.
College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA. Office of Institutional Development.
A study was performed at the College of the Canyons, in Valencia, California, to compare the perceptions of students in basic skills courses with those of their teachers regarding the appropriateness of the recommended course placement in English as a Second Language (ESL), basic English, and basic math. A 10-question student survey and a 6-question faculty survey were distributed in class for each of 57 course sections studied. Results of the study included: (1) overall, there was very little difference between student and faculty perceptions of the appropriateness of course placement in basic skills English; (2) no significant differences were found by ethnicity, gender, or disability in any of the courses; (3) a significantly higher percentage of students under the age of 20 thought they should have been placed in higher level basic skills English courses than did those from other age groups; (4) overall, 84% of ESL students felt that they had been correctly placed, while the faculty felt that only 63% of the students belonged in their courses; (5) a significantly higher percentage of students under the age of 25 felt that they were incorrectly placed in an ESL course, while nearly all of those 25 and over felt they were correctly placed; (6) overall, there was very little difference between student and faculty perceptions of the appropriateness of placement in basic skills math courses; and (7) a significantly higher percentage of students 25 and older thought that they had been correctly placed in a basic math class compared to those below the age of 25. The survey instruments, a list of classes and course sections, and charts showing the organization of basic level courses are included. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA. Office of Institutional Development.