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2009-10 Faculty Development Grant
I received a Faculty Development grant in Fall 2009 to assist with data processing and statistical analysis related to a research project I've undertaken into aspects of student socio-cognitive makeup, its potential impact on teaching methodology, and ways to improve teaching of college art and design based on qualitative and quantitative findings.
The grant funds will help me conduct IRB-approved survey research using student subjects following the publication of my earlier study, titled Teaching the Whole Student: Perceived Academic Control in College Art Instruction. This article, chronicling the first study of perceived academic control and its impact on first-year art student success, is in press at Studies in Art Education (Spring 2010).
The current research follows-up on some of what the Studies article contributed to the art education field, especially at the collegiate level. Four questions and attendant research activities organize this study:
The Faculty Development grant will help me conduct this educational research at Otis, and will contribute to my professional advancement, the reputation of the College, and the furthering of this work and its positive impact on student success.-- Randall Lavender, Professor and Associate Chair, Foundation
First-Year (Foundation) Student Attrition Over Time
|2003-2004||10.6%||+ 12.8%||23.2%||- 0.4%|
|2004-2005||10.8%||+ 1.9%||23.2%||- 0.0%|
|2005-2006||12.4%||+ 14.8%||20.8%||- 10.3%|
|2006-2007||10.6%||- 14.5%||21.4%||+ 2.9%|
|5-Year Average (Trend)||10.8%||22.4%|
|2007-2008 (Current Study)||5.2%||51.9%||16.1%||- 28.1%|