ERIC Number: ED367418
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
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The Development of a Learning Assistance Course in Psychology at Ulster County Community College.
Borzumato, Lawrence P.
To address an unacceptable failure and withdrawal rate in an introductory psychology course at Ulster County Community College (UCCC), in New York, a project was undertaken to develop a Learning Assistance in Psychology course to help students with skills and concepts. First, a literature review indicating the need for remediation highlighted the necessity of institutional commitment to a successful program, and described characteristics of successful remediation programs. Next, a pilot assistance course was developed and reviewed by the UCCC Skills Center staff and Psychology Department. The resulting one semester-hour course focused on general study skills, specialized vocabulary, style of quizzes and exams, analysis of learning style, and appropriate note-taking techniques, and was offered to eight students in Fall 1993. Five of the eight students achieved a grade of "A" or "A minus," while three withdrew. Informal discussions held with the completing students indicated that more than half believed that participation in the course assisted their understanding of concepts and success. Recommendations from the course validation process included the following: (1) the course should be further analyzed cooperatively among the Skills Center, Psychology Department, and student personnel services; (2) the course should continue to be offered and promoted; and (3) the questionnaire for course participants should be further analyzed and developed. Appendices include the course proposal, a course description and outline, a taxonomy of basic skills, related correspondence, suggested class topics, and the student questionnaire. Contains 26 references. (KP)
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Community Colleges, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Institutional Role, Learning Strategies, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Pilot Projects, Program Development, Program Improvement, Psychology, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Programs, Student Attitudes, Study Skills, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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