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ERIC Number: EJ905737
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1059-9053
Community in Three Undergraduate University Science Courses: An Analysis of Student Perception
Vavala, Robert V.; Namuth-Covert, Deana; Haines, Courtney; Lee, Donald J.; King, James W.; Speth, Carol
Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, v39 p157-164 2010
Students who feel like part of a classroom community gain more enjoyment and are more academically successful than students who do not feel similar levels of community. This study intended to determine if students in online courses perceive the same level of community as students in face-to-face classes and if outside factors impacted community perceptions. The Classroom Community Survey (CCS) was administered to students in three introductory-level science classes, each with a face-to-face section and an online section. The CCS consists of 20 questions, measuring overall community and two subscales, connectedness and learning. Five possible responses were given scores of 1 through 5 for a total of 100 possible points. Demographic questions were asked to establish if out-of-class factors affected community scores. Students in face-to-face sections (n = 183, M = 58.10) had significantly higher community scores than online students (n = 74, M = 55.24), t (255) = 3.55, p less than 0.05. Connectedness scores for students in face-to-face sections were significantly higher than scores for their online counterparts, t (255) = 2.81, p less than 0.05. Scores for the learning subscale were not significantly different based on course delivery method, t (255) = -1.80, ns. Of the eight demographic questions, only the question regarding if the course was required had a significant impact on community scores, t (186) = 2.95, p less than 0.05. Results of this study showed that face-to-face students perceived significantly higher levels of community than did online students. Perception of learning and course grades were not significantly different for students across delivery methods. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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