ERIC Number: ED232867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
PEER Math Study Report.
During the 1981-82 school year, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), collected mathematics data from school districts throughout the state of Michigan. AAUW is involved in a study of high technology and wanted to find out how education is preparing young people for the world of robotics, biotechnology, telecommunications, and the semiconductor-based technology slated for Michigan's future. Michigan Project of Equal Education Rights (PEER) assisted in the data collection and analysis. Data were obtained from 113 school districts (a number submitting information voluntarily), with 80 districts providing both enrollment data by grade level and sex as well as course enrollment data. Mathematics areas examined included: general mathematics (including business/consumer mathematics), algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2, trigonometry (analytical geometry, precalculus, and other advanced mathematics), calculus, and computer science. Among the findings reported are those indicating: that Michigan has no overall state mathematics program (with over 85 different titles for the 7 mathematics categories studied); a precipitous drop in enrollment of over 50 percent after students complete algebra 1; by grade 12 only 45 percent of boys and 36 percent of girls taking mathematics; and a drop in female enrollment in advanced mathematics regardless of school district size. (JN)
Descriptors: Computer Science, Declining Enrollment, Enrollment, Enrollment Rate, Females, Instructional Program Divisions, Mathematics, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, School Districts, Secondary Education, Secondary School Mathematics, Sex Differences, State Programs
Michigan PEER, 211 E. Commerce, Milford, MI 48042 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan Project on Equal Education Rights, Milford.
Identifiers: Michigan; Project on Equal Education Rights
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