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ERIC Number: ED187371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Making the Best Better: The LCC Individualized Math Story.
Fast, Casey
The independent study Math Resource Center (MRC) program at Lane Community College offers seven courses on an "open-entry/open-exit" basis: Math 1, 2, and 3; Elementary, Intermediate, and College Algebra; and Dosage Computation. Students may enroll at any time, learn at their own rate, and leave class when they have developed their skills to the desired level. Differentiated staffing (aides, assistants, instructors, and director) provides many levels of instruction through self-study texts, single-concept video tapes, tutoring, and small group instruction. Course procedures include pre-testing and the use of student study records, a study guide, and a student reference manual. Even though staff members serve primarily to encourage student interest, involvement, and effort, 46% of the MRC students in 1977 failed to complete any course work. Findings of recent studies of math knowledge, skills, understanding, and applications reveal many problems that may account to an extent for this high dropout rate, but instructors' emphasis on knowledge rather than on students is also a contributing factor. One strategy for improving student retention is based on faculty efforts to learn about their students through the collection of personal data about hobbies and life goals, one-to-one encouragement in letters or by telephone, and careful monitoring of progress. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Lane Community College OR
Note: Paper presented at the Oregon Developmental Educational Association (Eugene, OR, May 1980)