ERIC Number: ED237146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Math 100 Survey, Fall 1982.
In the light of low completion rates in the basic mathematics course, MTH 100, at Brookdale Community College, a study was conducted to ascertain the factors associated with success and failure in the course. A questionnaire, designed to obtain demographic data and weighted information on students' attitudes to mathematics, was distributed to 937 students enrolled in MTH 100 in fall 1982. Based on responses from 603 students, study findings revealed: (1) the overall pass rate for the course was 48.8%, with women having a higher pass rate (54.3%) than men (40.9%); (2) the pass rate for men aged 20 to 22 years was 31% and for returning women was 70%; (3) the pass rate for students taking 3 credits or less was 60%, while that for students taking between 10 and 12 credits was 46%; (4) the lowest pass rates occurred among students working between 0 and 12 hours per week (41%), while the highest rate was found among those working 31 to 40 hours per week (58%); (5) a very positive attitude towards mathematics correlated strongly with success in MTH 100, though a negative attitude did not correlate strongly with failure in the course; and (6) combined credit and work load was not significantly related to course success. The survey instrument is appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Brookdale Community Coll., Lincroft, NJ.