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Page Nine

Wednesday, December 9, 1970


Wednesday, December 9, 1970 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Nine

Class restrictions approved,


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(Continued from Page 8)
and says she has "learned ab-
solutely nothing all year."
"The teacher thought it would
work well if we didn't have any
restrictions," she explains. "But
its a very bad class, a total fail-
"During class we just sit
around and listen to the teach-
er talk. Nobody knows what he's
talking about cause nobody did
the readings," she says. "But we
don't care enough to ask ques-
tions, so we just sit there."
She believes such unstructur-
M ed courses are detrimental to the
learning process because t h e y
"have no beginning and no end
and nothing in between."
Many students find fault with
both large lectures and s m a 11
recitation classes. The most
common complaint is that the.
f lectures are too impersonal and
the recitation Is merely a regur-
gitation process - either of the
reading material or the lecture
material itsself.
They believe the major prob-
lem in the way courses are
structured is the extremely large
Daily Official Bulletin
(Continued from Page 5)
Cntr.: "Myths About the Chicano Fam-
ily", Assembly Rm., Rackham, 3 p.m.
Botany Seminar: Dr. V. DeMouline,
Univ. of Liege, "Biological Studies in
Lycoperdon," 1139 Nat. Set., 4 p.m.
Meteorology & Oceanography, and
statistics Seminar: Dr. R. Thompson,
WoodsHole Oceanographic Inst., "Spec-
tral Estimation From Irregularly Samp-
led Data," 4205 Angell Hall, 4 p.m.
Physics Colloquium: A, C. Winn-Niel-
sen, "Atmospheric Energetics," P&A
Colloq. Rm., 4 p.m.
+General Notices
Choral Music Concert (by College
Honors 199): Law Quad Lounge, Sat.,
Dec. 12, 8 p.m.
Applications for Graduate Student
Dissertation Grants may be m a d e
through closing date of Jan. 8, 1971.
Late applications cannot be accepted.
Two other opportunities for application
will be provided during the year: April
and October. Exact deadlines will be
announced; students are expected to
have a %clear statement of the research
problem together with the estimated
cost of each major expenditure connect-
ed with it; project should have been
reviewed by members of the doctoral
chairman or the chairman of the de-
partment. Guidelines and format for
this submission can be obtained in
Fellowships Office, Rackham Bldg., rm.
1014; info (4-2218).

and unwieldly class units, parti-
cularly the lecture, which c a n
have anywhere from 100-400
However, most professors say
they revert to a less rigid at-
mosphere in small, upper-level*
graduate courses.
"I find it very difficult to be
fair to everyone when there are
such large numbers of students
in a class," Crawford says. "I
regret the lecture system as
much as some of our more out-
spoken students do."
Derr goes as far as calling
the large lecture a "monstrous
institution," but adds, "It makes
some sort of standardization of
structure necessary, because the
student is out of touch from the
personal contact wih the teach-
"The ideal is to come down to a
more personal level," Derr says.
And the way a teacher comes
down to a more personal level in
order to reach students is the
subject of serious discussion
among many instructors.
"The role of the teacher is to
3200 S.A.B.
The following Ann Arbor Area jobs
have been received. Many listings na-
tionwide are available at Placement
Services. 3200 S.A.B.
Michigan, Human Relations Exec.,
bachelor's degree and 3-7 exper. in per-
sonnel, employee relations, counselling,
educ., or human relations.
Harvey Aluminum of Mich., Inc., Me-
tallurgical Engr., BS, no exper.
National Assessment of Educ. Pro-
gress, Computer Programmer, job now
in Ann Arbor, must be able to move
with firm, June 1971, to Denver. Relo-
cation expenses paid. .
Kellogg Co., Battle Creek, Structural
Designer, degree in C.E., also jobs in
central engr. dept. for bachelor's level
with 0-5 years exper.
Highland Park Model iCties, director:
Youth Services Bureau, bachelor's min.
with 4 yrs. exper. Deputy Director -
Youth Services Bureau, exper. Man-
powver Coordinator, some admin. exper.,
L and residency in Model Neighborhood
Area. Deputy Director - Model Cities
Program, bachelor's min. in urban plan-
ning or relat. field, exper.
Grand Rapids, planning technician I,
degree in urban planning; publ. admin.,
arch., or landscape arch.
For further information on following
contact Career Planning, 3200 S.A.B.
N.Y.C. Urban Fellowship Program,
National Competition sponsored by Ma-
yor Lindsey. Full-time internship for
academic year 1971-72 open to students
in many areas of study, including fine

assist students in the learning
process," says history Prof. Ger-,
hard Weinberg. "This can best
be done by a variety of tech-
"Calling attention to points of
view they might not have seen
or had access to, holding class
discussion or question-and-an-
swer periods even in large lec-
tures -- all these things can be
beneficial," explains Weinberg.
Prof. Carl Cohen, associate di-
rector of the Residential Col-
lege, strives for informality in
the classroom situation.
"Many pains and difficulties
in other academic units flow
from their sheer size, Cohen
says. "No one knows one ano-
ther. All are strangers. A n d
since strangers have to work
formally, it makes for a certain
stiffness, imposed order a n d
Prof. Felheim, along with
many others, believes the ideal
class is a "happy medium" be-
tween rigid structuring and total
freedom. He says generally all
requirements are "absurd", but
arts, who will have completed at- least
junioryear."Seniors must have been
admitted to a grad school which agrees
to grant academic credit and tuition
waiver for participation in this pro-
gram. Grad students must be granted
academic credit by the university. A
stipend of $4000 given by NYC. Fellows
work with top mayoral assts in prob-
lem-solving, planning, and ,mgmt.
areas. Grand student from U of M
was one of last year's winners, is
currently on duty as intern. For more
info. come to Career Planning or call
Many Metropolitan areas hold career
conferences during Christmas Holidays
Please check with us for others as we
get them in; listed at Career Planning.
B'uffalo area, Dec. 29 and 30, Statler
Hilton, applications available.
(Continued on Page 10)

still adds "you can't give stu-
dents total freedom, because
that goes against the very grain
of the University structure."
"But it is really up to the
student to determine his own
educational structure," Felheim
stresses. "The teacher is only
here to teach. It is the student
who is here to learn."
Psychology teaching fellow
Warner Woodworth says the
characteristics of rigid c l a s s
structuring do not contribute to
the learning process, basing his
beliefs on his basic assump-
tion of human nature.
"Most people are motivated to
learn," he says. "Learning is na-
tural. Most of the time we have
blocked it rather than helped it.
The teacher should try to help
students rather than keeping
them in control."
Concerning future class struc-
turing, history Prof. S a m War-
ner envisions a situation where
"if we open up the University,
it will be necessary and benefic-
ial to conduct teaching at sev-
eral different levels in t h e
i same course, and the student
Icould choose the level of sophis-
tication that best suits his inter-
est in the material."
"Hopefully, in future years we
could give up to eight credits
for a course, depending on t h e
work a student is willing to per-
form," he adds.
The many questions surround-
ing class structure will not in
all probability be solved soon.
Physics Prof. McCormick puts
it in a nutshell:
"The whole thing is so dif-
ficult that I don't think there
r is any one idea for success," he
says. "Each teacher must pick
'his own way."

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