Theses and Dissertations

Author

Jadah Fort

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Fincher, Mark E.

Committee Member

Coats, Linda T.

Committee Member

Johnson, Susan Mitzy

Committee Member

King, Stephanie B.

Committee Member

Blackbourn, Richard L.

Date of Degree

8-9-2019

Original embargo terms

Visible to MSU only for 3 years

Document Type

Dissertation - Campus Access Only

Major

Community College Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

College

College of Education

Department

Department of Leadership and Foundations

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine achievement, retention, persistence, and success of Mississippi community college students who began in a developmental English course and eventually completed Composition I, a college-level course. This study examined the effects of utilizing online instruction via eLearning courses compared to traditional instructor-led instruction. The population of the study consisted of students enrolled in developmental English during the fall 2015 semester; and tracked their performance through the completion of Composition I. A Chi-Square test was utilized to address the each research question analyzing students’ use of a traditional face-toace instructional approach for developmental English and those using an online instructional approach for developmental English. The results show that students utilizing traditional instruction delivery for developmental English courses, out-performed students who took developmental English courses online in the areas of success, course retention and persistence rates. When measuring success in Composition I, the results were very close, however the online students had a higher percentage of passing grades 47.2%, when compared to traditional classroom students. Finally, when analyzing the results based on demographics, there was a higher percentage of students who passed the developmental course in the classroom when they are age 22 or younger, female, or black.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/14569

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