ERIC Number: ED390698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
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Assessing the Quantitative Skills of College Juniors.
Bauman, Steven F.; Martin, William O.
This paper describes a quantitative assessment project, its findings, and its impact. College mathematics faculty developed an item bank of problems covering material from undergraduate mathematics courses and basic statistics. Instructors use this item bank to develop a questionnaire involving the specific quantitative skills their students need as prerequisites for a particular course and give this test to students within the first 2 weeks of the semester. Thus, early in the semester both students and instructors possess useful information about instructor expectations, student capabilities, and the need for any corrective action. Also discussed are departmental needs and student capabilities revealed by assessment; three levels of quantitative expectations; patterns of student performance on quantitative tasks; and the impact of assessment on participants, the mathematics department, and the entire campus. (MKR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Expanded version of article published in "College Mathematics Journal" (v26 n3 p214-220 May 1995). For a related paper, see SE 057 540.