ERIC Number: ED352099
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Application of Computer Technology and Cooperative Learning in Developmental Algebra at the Community College.
Wood, Judith Body
In fall 1991, a study was initiated at Central Florida Community College (CFCC) in Ocala to examine the effects of computer lab tutorials and cooperative learning on mathematics achievement, retention rate, mathematics anxiety, mathematical confidence, and success in future mathematics courses among 29 students in an intermediate algebra class. Another course section of 23 intermediate algebra students, taught by the same instructor but utilizing the traditional lecture method, served as a control group. The experimental section was divided into groups of two to four students having similar achievement placement test scores. Homework assignments, computer lab tutorials, and all tests (except for the final exam) were completed on a group basis, with issues of assignment and lab meeting times, group participation guidelines, and class attendance decided and monitored by the group. Both classes were given the Fennema-Sherman Mathematics Anxiety and Confidence Scales test before and after the course. Study findings included the following: (1) a total of 23 students in the experimental group, and 15 students in the control group completed the course; (2) the control group showed greater increases in post-course confidence ratings and greater reductions in anxiety ratings than the experimental group; (3) 69% of experimental group students received a course grade of A, B, or C, as compared with 52% of the control group; and (4) 87.5% of control group students were successful in their subsequent math course compared to 80% of the experimental group students. Data tables, and narrative excerpts of midterm and final written evaluations by students in the experimental group are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Central Florida Community College; Fennema Sherman Mathematics Attitudes Scales
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Computer Conference of the League for Innovation in the Community College (9th, Orlando, FL, October 21-24, 1992).