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ERIC Number: ED565755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 67
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-1243-8376-7
The Effects of First-Year Experience Course on Students' Grades in Remedial English and Mathematics Courses
Bement, Sarah A.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Transfer of learning is defined as the ability to transfer previously learned skills into a new, similar or dissimilar situation. The transfer of learning has been a topic of debate amongst educational psychologists for decades. A variety of studies have been done to show evidence of the transfer of learning dating back to 1901. These studies have been done in both educational and work environments. The purpose of education is to learn new skills and knowledge. Students entering their first year of college may not have the necessary skills to learn how they learn and what they need to succeed in college. This transfer of learning is the ability to apply previously learned skills and knowledge to new tasks. In order to provide these students with these skills and to teach them skills needed to succeed, colleges offer freshman seminars. The purpose of this study was to determine if the first-year students at a small community college in rural Connecticut taking the First-Year Experience (FYE) course transferred the skills learned from the presentations to their regular college courses. Students in both groups were given the Accuplacer placement test as a pretest and posttest using the placement test that is used at the college. The Accuplacer test can only be viewed by subscribers. The dependent variables were the participants' scores on the posttest and their grades in English and mathematics. A repeated measures ANOVA was used to analyze pretest and posttest scores and an ANOVA was used to analyze the participants' grades in English and mathematics. This study showed no significant difference between the grades of the students having completed the First-Year Experience course and those who did not take the First-Year Experience course.
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Meets Evidence Standards without Reservations
IES Cited: ED563392