An Examination of the Effectiveness of Graduate Cohorts

By Larry Brewer, Adel Al-Bataineh and Marilyn Morey.

Published by The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the attitudes and perceived benefits of participating in a graduate cohort model, the cohort Institutes for Integrating Content-Knowledge with Classroom-Instruction (IICC) in particular. The graduate cohort model is an expanding phenomenon on colleges and universities across the country. This study sought insight into what makes a cohort successful, and how the attributes of success can be replicated in future models. Participants were all members of the IICC cohort and were chosen for the insight they could bring to the study as a stand-alone satellite program. The survey results indicated high levels of satisfaction with this particular model, and the outcome of this study would add to the conversation on graduate cohort models.

Keywords: Graduate Cohort, Graduate Programs, Graduate Extension Programs, Program Effectiveness

The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp.69-83. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 292.761KB).

Larry Brewer

Teacher, Peoria Public Schools-District 150, Peoria, Illinois, USA

Dr. Adel Al-Bataineh

Associate Professor of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA

Dr. Adel T. AL-Bataineh is a Professor of Education in the School of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University. His research agenda focuses on topics that deal with teacher preparation both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In specific, he published several studies in the areas of teacher preparation, standards and alternative schooling movements, technology in education and on-line teaching, clinical experiences, and professional development schools. Also, he conducted some studies in the area of international and comparative educational systems.

Dr. Marilyn Morey

Associat Professor, College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA