Chapter II Review of Related Literature Students look forward to the opportunity to choose their academic plans and classes. According to the enhanced cognitive engagement theory, allowing students to choose which classes they enroll in increases motivation and independence which in turn increases a student’s cognitive processing and performance, however, the task of course selection is very complex with multiple considerations, most of which overlap with one another.
Students are influenced by the different academic portions of the class such as the value of the content, the structure, and the workload. They also have to decide what is important to them with regards to their interests, personal academic goals, and their schedule. But students do not make these decisions alone because they do occasionally seek advice from their family, faculty, and/or friends. Not all of the different considerations of a course are as influential as others, but it is important to know what students want from their classes, what they expect of themselves, and who they will listen to.
Educators and schools need to know this information; especially those of elective courses so they can meet the needs of students and have them continue to enroll in their class. More importantly though, if teachers can adapt their classes to better meet the needs of students the students will be more engaged which will increase their comprehension and excitement for the curriculum, which should be any teacher’s ultimate goal. The following paper provides further analysis on the most current research based on influential factors of course enrollment.
The first section deals with the academic considerations such as, value and execution, teacher, and workload. The student must also take into consideration their own personal preferences of their interests, capabilities, gender, and their schedule, which is explained throughout the second section. The third component deals with the influential sources a student may listen to including their family, peers, and the faculty at their school. Finally, the gaps and limitations of the research are discussed along with the need of further research. Reference: (http://voices. ahoo. com/the-factors-influence-students-decision-for-8258751. html) Each course is a unique mix of many different ingredients — from subject matter, to fellow students, to the jobs it leads to. The following points can be used as a checklist of things you need to find out about courses of interest. Think about what you will learn and how you’ll learn it . Subject matter is the first step to success is studying something you are interested in. Intellectual style, some courses are mainly ‘quantitative’ (how’s your maths? ), others are ‘verbal’ or language based.
Some encourage you to have your own ideas, ask the big questions and find out about the world. Work patterns, courses vary in the time students spend in lectures, tutorials, studios and lab classes and completing self-directed study. Some courses also have an industry-based learning component. If it is tough to study and pass. Some fields of study are notoriously tough, with high failure and drop-out rates. How long they take, VET certificates generally take a year or less of full-time study, diplomas and advanced diplomas around two years and bachelor degrees three or four years.
Double degrees, ‘honours’ courses and part-time programs will take longer. How much choice they allow, some courses require all students to complete the same ‘core’ subjects, while others allow you to choose a lot of electives. International study opportunities, optional summer study tours or study abroad and exchange programs may offer credit towards some courses. How you can study, courses may be offered full time, part time, by distance education or on an accelerated trimester schedule. Not all courses offer all options.
Quality, regardless of their subject matter, courses should be well run by experienced staff and (if applicable) meet industry standards.
Reference:(http://gooduniguide. com. au/School-Leavers/Choosing/How-to-choose-a-course) Choosing the course that you are going to study for the next 3 or 4 years can be difficult. Course content will vary between institutions and it is important to check that the courses you are applying for cover the topics you are most interested in. Reference:(http://www2. warwick. c. uk/study/undergraduate/apply/choosing/) The number of courses you take each semester will be one of the most important factors affecting your success at school. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of choosing courses at the beginning of semester when you’re rested and ready for a challenge. But you need to flash forward to mid-term – when the day-to-day reality of classes, assignments, reading, essays and exams will be all too real. Reference: (http://www. cmha. ca/youreducation/courses. html)
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