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ERIC Number: EJ790744
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6099
Enhanced Learning in an Introduction to Sociology Course
White, Robert W.; Gronfein, William P.
Assessment Update, v16 n5 p1-2, 12-13 Sep-Oct 2004
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), located in a large metropolitan area, enrolls more than 29,000 students. Many of these students are the first in their families to go to college, commute to the campus for their classes, and have significant commitments--to work, spouses, children--that may interfere with their studies. Due in part to these conditions, the campus traditionally has experienced relatively low retention rates for first-year students. Many first-year IUPUI students enroll in two key courses, Introduction to Sociology and Elementary Composition I. Introduction to Sociology is required for some degree programs and fulfills a general education requirement for several others. Elementary Composition I is required of virtually every undergraduate student. In Fall 1998, 38.9 percent of students in Introduction to Sociology received a grade of D, F, or W (withdrew from the course). That same fall, of 114 students enrolled in both Introduction to Sociology and Elementary Composition I, 54 (47 percent) received grades of D, F, or W (DWF) in Introduction to Sociology and 49 (43 percent) received grades of DFW in Elementary Composition I. With a grant awarded by the Center for Academic Transformation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as part of the Pew Grant Program in Course Redesign, the university set out to reduce the DFW rate for students enrolled in Introduction to Sociology. At its most fundamental level, the goal was to increase student learning by systematically enhancing the use of technology in Introduction to Sociology. The findings suggest that adding technology to the Introduction to Sociology course in a coordinated fashion and linking elements of the course with Elementary Composition I resulted in increased student learning. ["Enhanced Learning in an Introduction to Sociology Course" was written with Eric Wright, David Ford, Robert Aponte, Linda Haas, Jay Howard, James Hunter, Carmen Gardner Wesley, and Patricia Wittberg.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana