ERIC Number: ED022841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Sep
A Practical Demonstration Project in Teaching Technical Mathematics; Final Progress Report.
McHale, Thomas J.; Witzke, Paul T.
The primary purposes of this developmental and demonstration project were to reduce the number of dropouts and failures and to increase the amount of learning in the technical mathematics core courses. In June 1965 a decision was made to pilot test locally developed programed units in technical mathematics. After the identification of the desired units, 700 pages of programed material and daily tests were written. Seventy-three students in the electrical, mechanical, and civil technologies were selected to participate in a pilot test of the material. Post-test means increased over the pre-test means for all 11 units given the pilot group. A test was administered to all students covering the units studied by all students. The pilot groups had a mean of 75 percent and a median of 80 percent while the conventional group of 295 students had a mean of 57 percent and a median of 61 percent. The material was later used with a large group of 395 students for 1 semester. For this group the final grade mean was 82 percent and the median was 85 percent. Eight hundred forty-three pages of second semester materials were tried with 303 students. The final exam mean for this group was 77 percent and the median was 78 percent. Information about the students' reactions and the unit contents are included. (EM)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Comparative Analysis, Control Groups, Course Content, Demonstration Programs, Experimental Groups, Material Development, Mathematical Applications, Program Descriptions, Programed Instruction, Programed Instructional Materials, Teacher Developed Materials, Technical Education, Test Results
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Milwaukee Inst. of Tech., WI.