ERIC Number: ED202560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar-20
Fundamental Algebra: Increasing Mastery and Retention in College.
Allen, Lois R.
Instructional techniques are outlined, as utilized in a remedial algebra course offered at the Community College of Allegheny County. The paper first provides background information concerning the college, the characteristics of its students, the content of the remedial course, and the testing procedures used to place students in the course. The bulk of the paper then describes and provides illustrative examples of several factors that have contributed to course success: (1) careful verification by the instructor that the students have been properly placed; (2) utilization of a lecture/discussion format to involve students in identifying the meaning of a problem, viewing the problem as a whole, employing a flexible approach to its solution, and developing solution strategies; (3) provision for a cumulative review of a student's mastery; (4) student contributions to the solution of a problem; (5) use of surprise quizzes; (6) periodic calculation of students' grade point average as a means of providing feedback; (7) use of procedures which allow students to review old exams, provide feedback after the exam, and allow for instructor comments on test papers; and (8) maintenance of faculty self-esteem through collegial and administrative support. The report concludes with a rationale used in the course to explain the importance of studying mathematics. (JP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A