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ERIC Number: ED461308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 25
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Postsecondary Education in Cohort Groups: Does Familiarity Breed Learning?
Reynolds, Katherine C.
Cohort groups in higher education have been established in response to the demographic shifts that have occurred with greater proportions of adult students and students who work off-campus. Cohort groups are defined as a group of students who begin coursework in a degree or certificate program together and who remain together for at least two-thirds of the classes in the program. This cohort learning study compared the learning outcomes of students in 12 matched groups, 6 representing degree programs scheduled in traditional, non-cohort formats and 6 representing the same degrees at the same institutions but in cohort formats. The institutions represented three large public research universities, one private research institution, and one private comprehensive institution. From a total of 353 students surveyed, usable response data came from 287. Learning outcomes were measured by grade point averages and the results of a student self-survey. Comparison between all cohort and non-cohort groups showed slightly higher cohort student learning on affective, cognitive, and learning transfer dimensions. Overall, there were more similarities than differences in learning outcomes between the cohort and non-cohort students surveyed. One figure and seven tables of data are appended. (Contains 25 references.) (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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