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ERIC Number: ED161509
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct-14
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Mathematics: K-14. A Learning Center Approach at Tacoma Community College.
Spangler, Richard
The mathematics learning center at Tacoma Community College (Washington) has three programs: an independent-tutorial study system, a student tutorial system, and a basic arithmetic skills laboratory. Thirty independent-tutorial study mathematics courses, ranging from arithmetic to calculus, are available within the structure and control of the mathematics department. During the quarter, the student proceeds at his or her own rate of study using a commercially available active-involvement text. A student either completes the course by the end of the quarter or earns an incomplete grade which must be made up during the next quarter. The mathematics lab personnel consist of a faculty director assigned for three hours daily, instructors who diagnose exams and prescribe remedies for weaknesses, teaching assistants from universities, and clerks who administer and correct exams and keep all student records. The student tutorial service coordinates tutors and tutees without charge. The basic skills lab provides service to adults whose skill level in reading and arithmetic is below fifth grade. Results over seven years are seen in a reduced lecture class dropout rate, and in the doubling of the math student population without any increase in personnel. Advantages and disadvantages of the program are discussed and an appendix, containing a list of texts used, a floor plan of the lab, instructions for the independent learning modules, and sample student reminder cards, is included. (MB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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