ERIC Number: ED210076
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Developmental Mathematics Program for Community College Students.
Crepin, Dorothy M.
Lower Columbia College (LCC) offers students who need developmental mathematics instruction a variety of courses and instructional formats. In 1977, the developmental mathematics curriculum consisted of two courses: Review Mathematics, offered only through the Math Lab with both desirable and undesirable effects; and Elementary Algebra, offered both in the lab and classroom. High attrition rates in Review Math necessitated several changes. First, an extensive placement testing program was initiated to determine students' mathematical level, goals, and math anxiety level. Next, Math 30, a course beginning at the first-grade arithmetic level, was proposed. Though the course was developed for students with little or no elementary mathematics training, students who have forgotten many math concepts and some foreign students are finding the course useful. The review course was then redesigned to include classroom and lab instruction, self-paced learning, competency-based instruction, and variable credit. Additionally, a one-credit Math Anxiety Workshop was developed; a new course, Introduction to Algebraic Concepts, was designed to ease the transition between the review course and Elementary Algebra; and a third method of instruction for Elementary Algebra was offered, which extends the course to two quarters. LCC's developmental math program attempts to guide students through an initial period of dependence into the regular classroom or lab, using among other techniques a decreasing number of practice tests. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Lower Columbia College WA; Mathematics Laboratories