ERIC Number: EJ720018
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 30
An Investigation of Student, Faculty, and Administration Perceptions of the Application of Accelerated Learning Strategies in the Wisconsin Technical College System
Birkholz, Alex D.
Journal of Vocational Education Research, v29 n1 p27-52 2004
The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) engaged in an educational reform initiative by implementing the use of an accelerated instructional methodology. Rather than strictly compressing course meeting times, the WTCS required that courses identified as "accelerated" incorporate brain-based instructional tools and delivery methods. This study investigates the perceptions of students, faculty, and instructional supervisors involved with the use of accelerated learning strategies. Objectives guiding the investigation focused on critical dimensions of the methodology and differences in perception between accelerated and traditional students as well as faculty and instructional supervisors involved with accelerated academic programming. Students participating in accelerated courses assigned a different degree of importance to the critical dimensions of accelerated learning as compared to traditional students. Overall, experiences reported by both classifications of student did not differ significantly. Despite meeting fewer course hours, accelerated students reported comparable learning experiences to students in traditional programs.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Supervisors, Student Attitudes, Educational Change, Technical Institutes, Learning Strategies, Acceleration (Education), Teacher Attitudes, Brain, Comparative Analysis
Association for Career and Technical Education Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Human Resource Education, 1310 S. Sixth Street, 351 Education Building, Champaign, IL 61820. Web site: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/CTER/.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin