ERIC Number: ED359132
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
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A Comparative Analysis To Determine the Value in Producing Higher Achievement in a Social Studies Course at Evergreen Valley College.
Griffin, Jerome J.
The major purpose of this study was to determine if students enrolled in an "Eyes on the Prize" telecourse performed better academically in utilizing a study guide than students who did not utilize the study guide. "Eyes on the Prize," a course offered at Evergreen Valley College (EVC), fulfills a two-year ethnic studies requirement for graduation from California community colleges. For several years, the College has operated the instructional telecourse with little or no consistency, consequently students were achieving low grades, resulting in a high attrition rate as well. In order to address this issue, a student study guide for "Eyes on the Prize" was developed. A literature review was conducted and a study guide was developed and evaluated by expert faculty members and revised. The control and experimental groups were selected establishing good internal validity. This study employed a t-test as the statistical measure evaluating the significance of difference between the two means. The student population of Evergreen Valley College is diverse in its ethnic make-up and the academic disciplines pursued by the student population. The telecourses that are offered on weekends, early mornings, and over local cable stations have great appeal for the Community College students. The revised study guide showed a relationship between the use of a "Eyes on the Prize" study guide and an increase in student success. The telecourse study should be replicated with other telecourses, and Community College Districts in order to establish external validity. (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Curriculum Development, Educational Research, Educational Television, Instructional Effectiveness, Social Studies, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Jerome Griffin, 655 West Evelyn #2, Mountan View, CA 94041.
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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