ERIC Number: ED463797
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
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Comparison of Final Grades between a Traditional Classroom and Learning Community Classroom at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.
Van Beek, Dianne
This study examines courses in the marketing program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to compare the academic performance of students in traditional and learning community classroom settings. Two sections of students, a traditional 17-week course and a block scheduled 5-week course, served as the sample in the study. The block scheduling format concentrated classroom hours to four two-and-a-half-class sessions per week. This format allowed greater flexibility in planning activities that would extend beyond traditional class periods. In addition, the block scheduled course exhibited aspects of the learning community approach; it promoted coherence in the curriculum, collaborative group work among students, and a social support system between students and the faculty. The final grades of students in these two classroom settings were considered to examine academic performance. The results of the study showed that the learning community classroom produced more above-average work while the traditional classroom displayed a wider range of scores. Statistical analysis of the data concluded, however, that there was no statistically significant difference between the final grades of students from the two classroom formats. (Contains 20 references and 3 appendices.) (JCC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: Practicum proposal, Nova Southeastern University.