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ERIC Number: ED146417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Individualized Calculus for the "Life-Long" Learner: A Two-Semester Comparison of Attitudes and Effectiveness.
Taylor, Virginia
A study was performed to examine the attitudes of adult students toward a new mode of instruction (individualized instruction including modularized self-paced units) and to determine course effectiveness in terms of completion rates and final examination results. The subjects were sixty-five adult students who were enrolled in two calculus classes (Calculus I and II) over a two-semester period. The responses to attitudinal questionnaires were used to determine the attitudinal changes of the two classes of adult learners over two semesters. An analysis of common final examination scores was completed and a comparison was made to another calculus class taught in the conventional lecture method. The findings indicate (1) a much higher completion rate for students in individualized instruction, (2) a much lower formal course withdrawal rate for the individualized group of students, and (3) more highly positive attitudes toward individualized instruction. (Attitudinal questionnaires for Calculus I and II and three tables comparing the final grades, completion rates, and final examination statistics for the individualized and conventional lecture classes are appended.) (EM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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