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Dissertation - NSU Access Only

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Doctor of Education


Center for the Advancement of Education


It was the purpose of this study to evaluate the effectiveness of small group instruction in remedial writing as compared to large group instruction for the same course at Cuyahoga Community College. Data was gathered in the following manner: Under normal college policy, students who register for remedial writing, English 091, were in either small groups of six students or large groups of approximately 28 students. Two of the large groups were randomly selected to serve as experimental groups which receive d traditional classroom instruction. Nine small groups were randomly selected to serve as control groups which were taught on an individualized basis. Final grades in English 091 were averaged for both the control group and the experimental group. The means was subjected to an independent t-test at the .05 level of significance to determine if a significant difference exists between them. It was found that no significant difference exists between the means of the two groups. Therefore, the Null Hypothesis was accepted: There is no significant difference in the mean English 091 final grades of students who were taught in small groups and of students who were taught in large groups. Recommendations based on the results of this study are as follows: elimination of small groups in English 091; continued scrutiny of grade point averages in English 091 for significant changes; continued research and evaluation of English 091.

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