ERIC Number: ED047946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
A Preliminary Attempt at Teaching Abstract Mathematics to Freshmen with an A.C.T. Score of Less Than 15.
Schremmer, A. G.
This experiment attempted to teach abstract mathematics fo college freshmen with A.C.T. scores less than 15 in a three semester terminal course sequence. The course content included a formal mathematical language, set theory, Boolean Algebra, relations and functions, operations, cardinals and ordinals, the rational numbers, and college algebra. The tests for this course consisted of problems not previously encountered in class as well as "open questions" of the "prove or disprove" nature. The students in this experimental course were compared to students in the traditional three semester terminal sequence with respect to passing and failing rates. The results indicated that the students in the experimental course fared consistently better and caused the author to conclude that"abstract mathematics can be taught to almost anybody willing to try, at no other cost than time and rigor." (CT)
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Authoring Institution: Philadelphia Community Coll., PA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Feb. 4-7, 1971, New York City, N.Y.)