ERIC Number: ED187386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Science Education in Two-Year Colleges: Mathematics.
Beckwith, Miriam M.
One of 12 monographs examining different areas of science education in the two-year college, this report focuses on mathematics education as revealed by a review of the literature, an analysis of the catalogs and class schedules of 175 representative two-year institutions, and a survey of 393 mathematics and computer science instructors. Part I of the report outlines trends in mathematics curricula since 1965 and analyzes study findings as they relate to course offerings in six instructional areas: introductory and intermediate mathematics, advanced mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics for majors, statistics and probability, and computer science and technology. Part II analyzes instructional practices, noting the predominance of the lecture method in mathematics courses; examining the use of individualized instruction, math labs, and various methods of student evaluation; and presenting catalog study and survey findings as they relate to class size, course level, instructional mode, class format, grading, use of instructional materials, and outcomes desired of students. Part III discusses mathematics faculty members, their educational and employment background, employment status, working conditions, and the assistance available to them. Each of the sections of the report reviews pertinent literature, study methodology and findings, and trends and implications. A bibliography and the questionnaire are included. (JP)
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, College Curriculum, College Faculty, College Mathematics, Community Colleges, Computer Science, Courses, Curriculum Research, Educational Trends, Grading, Instructional Materials, Introductory Courses, Learning Laboratories, Literature Reviews, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, National Surveys, Questionnaires, Student Evaluation, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Methods, Technical Institutes, Transfer Programs, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.