Date of Award
Doctor of Education
Dr. David Cowden
Dr. Charles Warfield
Dr. Robert Finkelmeier
Dr. Uldis Smidchens
The focus of this study w as a comparison of learning acquired by adult students in two accelerated sections and one nonaccelerated section o f a college-level course in diversity held at a private school in the Midwestern United States. The course was identical in title, instructor, course materials, examinations, and course outcomes. To measure other potential differences in the experience of the three sections, student participants were asked to complete a precourse survey, postcourse survey, and postcourse classroom environmental assessment instrument called the College and University Classroom Environment Instrument (CUCEI; Treagust & Fraser, 1986).
Upon completion of the course, three methods were used to measure student learning in the three course sections. These were final examination, course grade, and a survey question found on the postcourse survey asking students to rate their knowledge acquisition in the course.
The findings of the study were that accelerated students outperformed their nonaccelerated counterparts on the final examination. Performance on the course grade and responses on the Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission. survey question asking for student perception of learning were indistinguishable between sections.
Green, Donald J., "A Comparison of Learning in Adult Accelerated and Non-Accelerated Courses" (2000). Dissertations. 1452.