ERIC Number: ED146963
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Planning an Effective Math Lab.
Brown, Donald E.
In order for a remedial or supplemental mathematics laboratory program to be successful, several important elements must be present. Administrative support of the philosophy of the lab is essential before a sufficiently flexible budget will be provided. Student oriented personnel are the single most important factor in the success of the math lab. Positions usually should include instructors, lab supervisor, peer tutors and clerical help. Effective curriculum design is determined by the type of program and the needs of students. Placement tests such as the mathematical portion of the CAT (California Achievement Test) can be used to screen and place enrolling students. Post-evaluation tests and testing for subject matter retention are essential to determine whether the objectives of the lab are met. Flexibility in design and equipment in the lab will enable the utilization of various types of media as opposed to being restricted to a particular type of software. One of the most prevalent deficiencies noted in math labs is the absence of professional counseling; many learning problems not instructionally related can be more effectively dealt with through professional and vocational counseling. Motivational devices, such as mathematically related games, will stimulate interest and counteract negative attitudes which remedial labs sometimes create. (KJC)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alvin Community Coll., TX.