ERIC Number: ED223457
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Oct-6
Reference Count: N/A
8th Grade Algebra After Six Years. A Study Report.
Dockweiler, Clarence J.; And Others
The study was designed to determine the effectiveness of an accelerated eighth-grade algebra program offered in the Bryan Independent School District since 1975. The major questions posed were: Have pupils been successful as eighth graders and in subsequent high school mathematics courses? (2) Have students been electing upper-level mathematics courses in high school? (3) Has the placement/screening process been effective? and (4) What is the attitude of pupils with regard to mathematics and to career choices utilizing mathematics? Results indicated the students chosen have been quite successful in eighth-grade algebra and in subsequent mathematics courses. Grades received and student perceptions indicate high levels of success. However, pupils were noted to not be electing upper-level mathematics courses at the rates expected. Three recommendations generated from the study were: (1) high school instructors and counselors should be encouraged to identify and advise the accelerated pupils to enroll in upper-level courses; (2) an identification matrix of earlier grades along with a standardized achievement test score would appear to be as good a predictor of success in acceleration as methods in use; and (3) the selected pupils, in particular, should receive frequent counseling on career choices and what such decisions mean with respect to mathematics studies. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Coll. of Education.
Authoring Institution: Bryan Independent School District, TX.