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American Government Across Time, Space, and Location
Unformatted Document Text:  16 FINDINGS Response Rate The study involved ten different political science instructors at the two institutions. 7 Six instructors in the study were full-time instructors in the political science field. At SIUC, the use of teaching assistants increased the number of “administrators” involved. The assessment tool was administered by the respective instructors to a total 46 separate sections of American Government 101, during the 2006 – 2007 academic year. There were actually 76 sections of American Government 101 taught during this time period between the two institutions. However, the scope of the study prevented the inclusion of night courses, block classes, and distance learning courses. Therefore, this study represents 60.52% of all American Government 101 sections during the term of this project. Four sections that were offered online through JALC and the remaining forty-two sections were offered throughout the week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3p.m. There were a total of 1142 observations between the pre and post test, including the control group. The pre test was taken by 1027 students, and the post test was taken by 694 students. 8 When discounting the control group, 1017 students took the pre and/or post test. The pre test was taken by 921 students and the post test was taken by 603 students. However, only 507 American Government 101 students took the pre AND post test. The 507 figure is important because the analysis for this paper will be completed on this group whose scores can be traced from beginning to end. 9 Of the 507 student respondents who completed both the pre and post test, 227 (44.77%) were male and 280 (55.22%) were female. The online sections contained 57 students, just over 7 Only one part time instructor who teaches in peak hours at JALC did not agree to participate in the study. Two full time instructors from SIUC were not included in Fall, 2006, due to researcher error in not recruiting them. 8 Some of the frequency data indicates fewer respondents because some questions were missed or not answered. 9 Of the 125 students in the control group, 69 (55%) took both the pre and post test.

Authors: Bryant, Jane.
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FINDINGS
Response Rate
The study involved ten different political science instructors at the two institutions.
Six
instructors in the study were full-time instructors in the political science field. At SIUC, the use
of teaching assistants increased the number of “administrators” involved. The assessment tool
was administered by the respective instructors to a total 46 separate sections of American
Government 101, during the 2006 – 2007 academic year. There were actually 76 sections of
American Government 101 taught during this time period between the two institutions. However,
the scope of the study prevented the inclusion of night courses, block classes, and distance
learning courses. Therefore, this study represents 60.52% of all American Government 101
sections during the term of this project. Four sections that were offered online through JALC and
the remaining forty-two sections were offered throughout the week between the hours of 8 a.m.
and 3p.m.
There were a total of 1142 observations between the pre and post test, including the
control group. The pre test was taken by 1027 students, and the post test was taken by 694
students.
When discounting the control group, 1017 students took the pre and/or post test. The
pre test was taken by 921 students and the post test was taken by 603 students. However, only
507 American Government 101 students took the pre AND post test. The 507 figure is important
because the analysis for this paper will be completed on this group whose scores can be traced
from beginning to end.
Of the 507 student respondents who completed both the pre and post test, 227 (44.77%)
were male and 280 (55.22%) were female. The online sections contained 57 students, just over
7
Only one part time instructor who teaches in peak hours at JALC did not agree to participate in the study. Two full
time instructors from SIUC were not included in Fall, 2006, due to researcher error in not recruiting them.
8
Some of the frequency data indicates fewer respondents because some questions were missed or not answered.
9
Of the 125 students in the control group, 69 (55%) took both the pre and post test.


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