ERIC Number: ED407989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May-2
What Is College-Level Course Work?
Miller, Margaret R.; Morgan, Samuel S.
Although cooperation between community college and university faculty regarding the characteristics of college-level coursework has been difficult to attain, the development of such standards could reduce frustration and costs for transfer students and help reduce duplication of efforts. In an effort to find areas of agreement on such characteristics, interviews were conducted with four mathematics and four English faculty at Maryland's largest university and four mathematics and five English faculty at the state's largest community college. Participants were asked to describe the defining characteristics of college-level coursework in as much detail as possible. An analysis of responses indicated that there were more similarities than differences among respondents and resulted in the identification of the following eight categories of characteristics, ranked in order by the number of interviewees citing them: (1) problem-solving, using higher order thinking skills; (2) mastery of subject matter, or a deep understanding rather than rote memorization; (3) connections within and across disciplines; (4) student maturity, including taking responsibility for learning; (5) the measure that they build on knowledge bases from high school; (6) course content, including approaches to teaching and complexity; (7) pedagogical issues related to writing, reading, evaluation, and textbook use; and (8) the rigor of material, or the measure that it challenges students. Contains 11 references. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Regional Conference on Innovations in Teaching: New Ideas/Successful Practices (North Branch, NJ, May 2, 1997).