ERIC Number: ED382266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-11
The Effectiveness of Student Learning Contracts in a Public Community College History Course.
Harris, Jimmy Carl
A study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of student learning contracts in a Southeastern, open-admissions, public community college history course. The contracts specified final grade goals and point-earning activities (e.g., tests, book reports, term paper). A control group (N=72) using the learning contracts was compared with a demographically similar experimental group (N=51), which did not use learning contracts. Study findings included the following: (1) only 25% of the control group completed their contracts; (2) 72.55% of the experimental group completed at least one book report or term paper, compared to 69.44% of the control group; and (3) the control group achieved a total points earned mean of 86.07, while the experimental group mean was 94.50. As the group without learning contracts completed more learning activities and performed significantly better in terms of overall points earned, it was concluded that the use of learning contracts should be carefully evaluated in terms of its purpose, design, and student willingness and ability to set and achieve goals. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Nashville, TN, November 9-11, 1994).