ERIC Number: ED082742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jul
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation of the Differences Between "Successful" and "Unsuccessful" Students in Trigonometry, at Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus.
Greenberg, Barry; Tuckfield, Gloria
Research was conducted to develop a means of identifying, upon entry into the course, the students most likely not to succeed in trigonometry, with the intention of using the prediction to apply an intervention strategy. A 64-item questionnaire was developed and administered to a sample of students enrolled in the course in the winter 1973 semester, and eight items were selected from the questionnaire for inclusion in a stepwise discriminant analysis. The analysis showed that the variables which contributed most to discriminating between successes and failures were cumulative Miami-Dade GPA, Florida Twelfth Grade total score, FTG math score, and whether the student had made a career choice or not. A second discriminant analysis showed that the best prediction resulted from the use of cumulative GPA as a single factor. According to the findings, a student with a cumulative GPA of 2.60 or over is likely to succeed in the course in 83 0/0 of the cases. (KM)
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Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Junior Coll., FL.