ERIC Number: ED125688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Survey of Developmental Mathematics Courses at Colleges in the United States.
Baldwin, James; And Others
A 40-item questionnaire designed to investigate the variety and scope of developmental mathematics courses (DMC) offered at colleges and universities throughout the United States was administered to a selected sample of two- and four-year colleges in October 1974. The 104 respondents represented 21 states. Most (58%) of the colleges responding reported total student enrollments of 3,000 or less. Almost all the colleges (96%) expressed a need for DMC and offered developmental programs in English (86%), reading (89%), and mathematics (91%). Most of the colleges (70%) had had DMC for two to ten years and offered one (28%) or two (24%) different DMC courses. The areas covered were arithmetic (84%), elementary algebra (89%), geometry (35%), and trigonometry (34%). Most DMC classes (66%) were held in a regular classroom, but some (32%) used a math lab. The instructional methods used most frequently were lecture method (55%), programmed book instruction (54%), supplemental tutoring (37%), and work books or work sheets (29%). The principal grade awarded to students was the traditional letter grade. Regardless of the grading system used, most colleges (66%) offered some form of credit for DMC. Other results are reported, previous research studies in the field are reviewed, recommendations are made, and the survey instrument is appended. (DC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.