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ERIC Number: ED133034
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Jul-19
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A Comparison of Grade Achievement of Students Using a Programmed Mathematics Text Versus Students Using a Traditional Mathematics Text.
Raines, Roy H.
The effectiveness of a basic college mathematics course consisting of lecture-discussion classroom procedures and homework assignments from a traditional text was compared to the effectiveness of a course designed to combat low grade achievement and a high dropout rate by allowing for individual differences. The revised course consisted of individual study using a programmed text, short discussion periods, and one-to-one student/teacher interaction. A total of 1,824 students had received traditional math instruction between 1968 and 1971 at Manatee Junior College (Florida) while 1,297 students had received the modified form of math instruction between 1972 and 1974. Random samples of 60 students from each of these groups were drawn and the average achievement of each group in basic mathematics compared. Results of the comparison indicated no significant differences in the performance levels or dropout rate of the two groups studied. Although the programmed text did not prove a cure for the problems of basic mathematics, it was found to be an equally effective learning device as lecture, and one which offered the instructor more flexibility in designing learning activities. (JDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University