Com 300 Qualitiative Abstract by HC12080705242


									                                                                                    Jessie Thomas
                                                                                  October 26, 2001
                                                                                Communication 300
                                                                                       Dr. Woods



Tebben, S. L. (1995). Community and caring in a college classroom. Journal for a Just and

       Caring Education, 1, 335-344.

1. Purpose:

This exploratory case study was intended to investigate relationships in those student
characteristics, student attitudes, teacher qualities, classroom experiences, and learning activities
that influence student satisfaction in a college anatomy and physiology class.
p. 339

2. Participants/Artifacts: who/what was observed?

An anatomy and physiology class consisting of 119 enrolled at a small, private, midwestern
college. pp. 339-340

3. Methodology: how were observations done and recorded?

Data was gathered from detailed observation of 75 hours of class which included all lecture
sessions and one section of laboratory activities. Data was also gathered from interviews with
small groups of students and the teacher conducted twice during the semester. This data was
coded and analyzed to find common themes. Then it was compared to the results from
quantitative studies. p. 340

4. Conclusions of the study:

      Students reported that they had greater satisfaction in their learning and that learned
       better when they felt a part of the group in class. Students describe being a part of the
       group as being accepted by other students in the class and having opportunities to help
       each other learn.
      Students reported an increased satisfaction in their learning when they knew the teacher
       was interested in them as students.
      Students who valued classroom community (feeling a part of the group) and caring
       (teacher interest) were more likely to each better grades and persist in the class for both
      Students whose interest in caring community was high initially but declined over the
       duration of the semester appeared to become more autonomous learners by the end of the
       semester and less in need of the support provided by this teacher in his class.
      Two features in the classroom increased student’s feelings of satisfaction in their
           o The teachers conscious creation of classroom community by arranging for
              opportunities for students to help each other and expecting that they would care
              for each other
           o His demonstration of personal interest in or caring for his students.

p. 336 and pp. 340-341

5. Evaluation: what do you think about the study?

      The mixture of qualitative and quantitative studies appeared to be thorough and well
      The article was well organized and used clear language.
      The article could be improved by suggesting further research.
      The study needs to be conducted on a larger scale to validate the results of the study.

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