ERIC Number: ED419474
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec-31
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Long Term Effects of an Experimental Program of Freshman-Sophomore Studies at Berkeley in the 60's.
This project examined the long term effects of the Experimental College Program at the University of California, Berkeley, in the 1960s through interviews with 40 of the 200 students who completed the program and a questionnaire sent to program participants and similar nonparticipants (n=104). A team of 6 faculty taught 150 students, admitted randomly from applications among all 1965 and 1967 entering freshmen. A series of lectures, small seminars, and tutorials took the place of the usual freshman-sophomore unconnected set of courses, exams, and grades, and was intended to give students an integrated understanding and appreciation of great themes in Western civilization. Analysis of the interviews revealed a highly successful program. Thirty-seven of the 40 program participants interviewed would repeat the program again; only one respondent had any regrets about having participated. Many respondents reported that the program had taught them how to think, write, speak, and integrate these skills. Others noted the emphasis on educational values, ethics, the value of belonging to an integrated community within the large university, and the value of small seminars. Four papers are appended: (1) "The Experimental College in Retrospect: An Exploratory Study" (Katherine Trow); (2) "The Experimental College Program at Berkeley: Long Term Effects of an Experiment in Undergraduate Education" (Katherine Trow); (3) "The Experimental College Program at Berkeley: Long Term Effects and Implications for Educational Practice" (Katherine Trow); and (4) "A Venture in Educational Reform: A Partial View" (Joseph Tussman). Other appendices include the interview schedule, the questionnaire, and a report on college attitudes. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Center for Studies in Higher Education.