ERIC Number: ED213456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Remedial and Developmental Mathematics at Springfield Technical Community College's Mathematics Center.
Yawin, Robert A.
An Audio-Tutorial (A-T) mathematics program was developed at Springfield Technical Community College to meet the needs of students with different levels of mathematical competency and to develop the math proficiency needed in high technology areas. The A-T program offers 15 credits of mathematics at the pre-calculus level. The main features of the A-T program are: (1) a mathematics placement test places entering students in A-T remedial or college-level courses or in traditional lecture sections; (2) learning is self-paced; (3) the emphasis is on self-learning aided by texts, audio tapes, and in-class one-to-one instruction; (4) a testing center can be used by students on a walk-in basis; (5) a staff of clerical workers and student tutors provides aid to students; (6) grading is non-punitive; and (7) tests are scored immediately. After discussing the different components of the A-T program (i.e., the placement examination, the use of a Student Information Booklet to explain math requirements and offerings, the A-T classroom environment, the testing and correction centers, the tutorial area, and the grading system), this descriptive report outlines the advantages of the program and a number of possible directions for the future, including the utilization of the campus computer, and the grouping of arithmetic students into homogeneous classes of 20 to 25. The paper concludes with comments on the benefits and cost-effectiveness of the program. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Springfield Technical Community Coll., MA.