The Development and Evaluation of a Psychology Course for Adult Distance Education.Report as inadecuate

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An introductory course was developed for the Dutch Open University. Because the course was intended for adult distance learners, it was designed to be suitable for self-instruction in 200 hours or less. No suitable Dutch-language psychology text could be found; consequently, the course was based on the translation of a recent American book, "Psychology," by Henry Gleitman (1986). Supplementary materials relevant for Dutch students were also developed along with an audiocassette summary of the English text recorded by a native speaker of English, a video production concerning the biological aspects of behavior, and a filmed discussion between the U.S. author and two Dutch psychologists. A study guide that included an introduction, learning objectives, hints, assignments, exercises, diagnostic tests, summative test, feedback, audiovisual aids, and final examination was also developed. The new course was then subjected to a formative evaluation. Evaluation questionnaires were mailed to a random sample of 400 of the 1,814 Netherlands residents who had begun the course. Most of the 59% of students who responded to the questionnaire were positive in their evaluation of the new course. However, only limited use was being made of the audiovisual materials. (Twelve references and the questionnaire are included.) (MN)

Descriptors: Adult Education, Audiovisual Aids, Course Evaluation, Curriculum Development, Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Formative Evaluation, Higher Education, Open Universities, Psychology, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes

Author: Tomic, Welko


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