ERIC Number: ED397907
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Former Students Enrolled in Various Combinations of Speech and Theatre Courses at Harper College. Volume XXIV, Number 13.
Lucas, John A.; Litrenta, Marcia
As part of a review of the Speech and Theatre department, William Rainey Harper College in Illinois conducted a study in spring 1995 of students who had earned at least 12 hours of credit in the program during the past 5 years. Specifically, the study sought to determine students' motivation for enrolling, their current status, and how they benefited from the courses. The study sample consisted of 250 students who were enrolled in Speech 101 only, 223 enrolled in Speech 101 and at least 1 advanced speech course, 236 enrolled in Speech 101 and at least 1 theater course, and 175 enrolled in Speech 101 and at least 1 theater and 1 advanced speech course. Study findings, based on responses from 334 former students, included the following: (1) 78% of those taking Speech 101 only had enrolled because it was required for a degree; (2) with respect to students' use of 8 basic skills listed on the survey, those enrolled in both advanced speech and theater courses were more likely to use the skills and reported that they were better prepared in the skills than other students; (3) these students were also more likely to be employed full-time than other students; and (4) the three groups taking speech or theater courses beyond Speech 101 rated that course as more beneficial than those taking only Speech 101. The survey instrument is appended. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.