Title of Thesis：A Study on Community College Students' Learning Needs and Satisfaction toward Art and Life Courses in Nantou County.
Institution：Graduate Institute of Adult & Continuing Education
Nation Chi Nan University Numbers of Pages：175
Graduation Time：（12/2007） Degree Conferred：Master of Education
Student：Hsu, Min-Sheng Advisor：Dr. Lai, Horn-Ji
The purpose of this study is to investigate Nantou Community College students’ learning needs and satisfaction in the courses “Art and Life Courses.” There are five objectives of the research: 1. To investigate the current situation of the courses. 2. To analyze students’ needs for the courses. 3. To analyze students’ level of learning satisfaction for the courses. 4. To investigate variables of students’ learning needs in the courses. 5. To use the results of the study as a reference for the nation’s community colleges.
The main instrument used in this course is questionnaires. Questionnaires are given out to students in Nantou Community College. 800 questionnaires are sent out, in which 607 of them are valid. The retrieving rate is 75.9%. The data obtained from the survey was processed with statistical methods such as mean, sigma, frequency distribution, percentage, one-way ANOVA, Scheffe’s method distribution.
The results of the study are as following .
The characteristics of the students’ participation in the Nantou County’s “Art and Life Courses” are similar to those of any other county.
Students’ evaluation of learning needs with “Art and Life courses” are generally high. Of all those learning needs , cognitive learning need is of the highest.
Students’ learning satisfaction with “Art and Life courses” are generally high. They are especially satisfied with the “instructors’ teaching.”
Learning needs vary from age, level of education, profession, work experience, monthly income, marriage status, branch school and class.
Students’ level of learning satisfaction vary from age, education and branch school.
Students’ learning needs are highly correlated with levels of satisfaction.
According to the results of the study, the researcher offers following recommendations. Suggestions for the community university administration :
(1)The central government should enact relative rules and set up mechanism of guidance and counseling for community colleges.
(2)The curriculums developed by community colleges must be revised in accordance with mainstream culture.
(3)The administration should take measures to encourage the old age people to take part in the learning provided by the community college.
2. Suggestions for community colleges in Taiwan:
(1) Officials in colleges must find every way to get funding and to get volunteers involved in community college affairs.
(2)Regarding to the courses “Art and Life courses”, the curriculum design must fit students’ learning needs, and possess flexibility and diversity. The curriculum also has to integrate provinciality. School officials also have to construct counseling centers to solidify counseling for electing courses.
(3) Regarding to the faculty, the school must consolidate assessments for faculty teaching Art and Life courses, boost faculty’s specialty and competency, implement the objectives of courses.
3. Suggestions for students who take the Art and Life courses:
(1). Understand one’s learning needs and try different learning strategies.
(2)Understand the importance of life-long learning and take part in it actively.
4. Suggestions for other researchers:
(1)They can expand their research participants to faculty in community colleges, administrative personnel and administrators.
(2)They can expand the research scope to community colleges in Taiwan.
(3)They can implement qualitative research methods such as observation or in-depth interview to their methods of data collection.