ERIC Number: ED228052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
High School Mathematics Preparation in Michigan: Assets and Liabilities. Guidelines for Quality Mathematics Teaching. Monograph No. 14.
Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
To assess enrollment trends in Michigan colleges and universities, two surveys were conducted in 1976 and 1977. Community colleges reported either fairly constant enrollments in remedial courses or slight increases; many of their students had always needed remedial work. For four-year institutions, increases were often dramatic. This is paralleled by data on a national level. Downward trends on the ACT, SAT, and NAEP tests were noted, although Michigan students' scores generally were higher than the national norm. High school mathematics needed for careers is tabulated, along with an estimate of supply and demand for college graduates. In the third chapter of the monograph, freshman mathematics courses are described, criteria for placement are noted, a profile of the high school academic background of remedial students is given, and mathematical weaknesses of entering college freshmen are detailed. Characteristics of underprepared students as seen by college faculty, high school teachers, and students are listed in the next chapter. Finally, six recommendations are made as steps that might be taken by all persons involved in the educational process. (MNS)
Descriptors: Career Awareness, College Freshmen, College Mathematics, Course Descriptions, Educational Research, Enrollment, Error Patterns, Guidelines, Higher Education, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Instruction, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Mathematics, Secondary Education, Secondary School Mathematics, Student Characteristics, Surveys
MCTM, Box 16124, Lansing, MI 48901 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan