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ERIC Number: ED034536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Aug
Pages: 44
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A Systems Approach to the Development of a Junior College Course in Remedial Mathematics.
Carman, Robert A.
This paper explains the systems approach. Of several definitions, the simplest is that a system is a set of parts coordinated to achieve a [goal or] set of goals. A modified systems approach could likely be an effective tool in educational planning. The information feedback loop permits the manager to base his actions on the actual performance of the system as related to its overall mission and on the performance of any subsystems as related to their objectives. The need constantly arises to determine alternative courses of action, which must be traded off according to system constraints and mission, and to accommodate successive generations of design, directed by re-evaluation as feedback on the initial system becomes available and as constraints and resources change. A course in remedial mathematics was set up under certain constraints: existing programed material was designed for children; it gave more drill than instruction; other departments needed students with particular math skills; money for change was scarce; new staff could not be expected; no grade, only competence, was required. Its aim was to help students qualify for several departments served by the math department. The author describes the components of this mission by subsystem, and the solution of the problem by the use of a core of courses in arithmetic supplemented by units in algebra, geometry, etc. Other details of the innovation are given. [Not available in hard copy, due to marginal legibility of original document.] (HH)
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Identifiers - Location: California