ERIC Number: ED369457
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec-10
Reference Count: N/A
Improving the Success of Ethnically Diverse Education Majors in Preparation for Transfer and a Career in Teaching.
Deason, Maryellene; Gelsomini, Barbara
In an effort to improve the long-term transfer and retention of ethnically diverse students in education, Southwestern College (SWC) embarked on a cooperative project with San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of California, San Diego UCSD), to address the needs of ethnically diverse students who express the goal of becoming teachers. The first workshop of the project sought to ascertain the academic and support needs of these students and discussed responses to questionnaires sent to six former SWC students who had successfully transferred to SDSU or UCSD, addressing the level of preparation at area high schools, support services at SWC, and the effects of racism on student achievement. This workshop and a second also focused on course sequencing and basic content standards for education majors, highlighting the importance of adequate mathematics and linguistics sequences at SWC and more rigor in critical thinking, writing, and library research skills for future success at the four-year institution. A third session focused on improving support services at the three institutions. Recommendations included further research on the adequacy of placement tests for low-scoring students and that the writing component of placement and entry exams be reintroduced. The questionnaire for former students and information on the UCSD education program, SWC support services, the SWC/UCSD transfer guarantee, and a suggested academic preparation program are appended. (KP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Articulation (Education), College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Curriculum Design, Education Majors, Institutional Cooperation, Minority Groups, Needs Assessment, School Holding Power, Student Needs, Student Personnel Services, Teacher Education Programs, Transfer Policy, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Div. of Transfer and General Education.
Authoring Institution: Southwestern Coll., Chula Vista, CA.