ERIC Number: ED217899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: 0
A One-Year Profile and Evaluation of the Learning Support Center's Mathematics Courses, 1976.
Elkin, Carolyn P.; And Others
A study was conducted at Miami-Dade Community College to establish a profile of students enrolled in mathematics courses at the college's Learning Support Center (LSC) and to evaluate the courses' success in terms of student outcomes. The subjects of the study were students enrolled during 1976 in Mathematics 179 courses, which provided students with individualized, self-paced, mathematics instruction in a laboratory setting. Findings, based on data on 963 students, indicated that: (1) females outnumbered males in three of the four terms of 1976; (2) student ages ranged from below 15 to 69, and the mean age ranged from 24.3 to 26.1; (3) approximately 75% of the students were continuing students; (4) 50.7% were whites, 29.13% were blacks, and 19.53% were Hispanics; (5) a consistent positive relationship was found between students' grade point average and pre-test diagnostic math scores; (6) student pre-test scores were not a factor in determining whether a student completed or withdrew from the LSC math course; and (7) significant improvements in students' post-test scores over pre-test scores were observed, with the level of improvement varying according to ethnic background. Findings indicated that the LSC math course has been responsive to individual student needs and has led to an improvement in students' mathematics proficiency. The study report includes a description of the LSC's programs and methods of testing and instruction, and cross tabulates survey findings. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. South Campus.