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ERIC Number: ED465346
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 37
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Faculty Assumptions about the Student Characteristics Required for Success in Introductory College Biology.
Daempfle, Peter A.
The transition from secondary to postsecondary science courses is characterized by low student retention rates. Student difficulties may be related to an incongruity between secondary student preparation and postsecondary faculty requirements. The purpose of this study was to learn how well matched secondary and postsecondary teacher assumptions were about the student characteristics required for success in introductory college biology courses. Faulty participants were interviewed and engaged in homogeneous and heterogeneous focus groups. Interviews and focus groups included three secondary and four postsecondary faculty members. They developed tables of specifications for student requirements and responded to surveys. Results indicate that secondary and postsecondary faculty have differing assumptions about the importance of certain student characteristics. The study further shows that communication improves the agreement of the two groups about such assumptions. The results point to future research possibilities and make it possible to draw educational implications for retention. Four appendixes provide supplemental information and contain the interview protocols. (Contains 3 figures and 22 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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