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ERIC Number: ED201360
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Developmental Mathematics at Mohawk Valley Community College.
Smallen, Anne
The developmental mathematics program described in this report is offered at Mohawk Valley Community College (New York) as a self-paced, semi-programmed sequence of units covering signed numbers and beginning algebra. The paper begins by establishing the need for such a program, explaining that in Fall 1979 it became evident that the college's traditionally taught Essentials of Arithmetic course was not meeting the needs of underprepared, unmotivated nontraditional students. After describing an unsuccessful attempt in Spring 1980 to use a semi-programmed approach, the paper examines how the current two-course sequence was designed and developed. The paper then covers the following aspects of the program: (1) requirements for instructional materials that were easily read and offered numerous exercises; (2) procedures established for student progress through the courses' units, which required students to achieve a score of 70% on unit tests before proceeding; (3) the course content of Developmental Mathematics I and II; (4) the development and use of homework workbooks, in-class worksheets, and a test bank of pretests, unit tests, and final examinations; (5) student activities and the sequencing of assignments and tests; and (6) grading and the granting of graduation credit for Developmental Mathematics II. The paper concludes with general comments about students' satisfaction with the course and the advantages and disadvantages that have been identified. (AYC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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