ERIC Number: ED430479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Course Selection Determinants: A Comparison of "Distance Learning" and "Traditional" Wellness and Physical Education Programming.
Garman, J. F.; Crider, D. A.; Teske, C. J.
This study compared reasons college students gave for choosing either "distance learning" or "traditional" courses in wellness and physical education. Students at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, who were enrolled in either traditional (n=195) or distance learning (n=100) wellness and physical education curricula, anonymously completed a questionnaire designed to assess demographic variables and rank criteria considered in course selection. These criteria included two variables that addressed chronology; one variable that focused on curriculum concerns; three variables focusing on performance issues; six variables for instructional issues; and one variable that allowed identification of other considerations. Participants in traditional courses identified curriculum relatedness (class content) as the most important criterion, while subscribers to the distance learning format were primarily concerned with chronology (scheduling convenience). Among the younger traditional students, anecdotal responses suggested course selection was driven by a concern with expeditiously fulfilling university or curriculum requirements. Results suggest that courses available via distance learning are more attractive to older, nontraditional students. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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