ERIC Number: ED256452
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The General Education Mathematics Curriculum and the CLAST. Research Report No. 85-12.
A study was conducted at Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC) to determine if there was a relationship between students' performance in a general mathematics course, MGF 1113, and their performance on the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) computation section. The study investigated the relationship between grades in MGF 1113 and CLAST computation performance; the relationship between level of math completed and CLAST performance; the need for students who take higher level mathematics to also take MGF 1113; and the role of workshop review sessions in preparing students for CLAST. The database consisted of all MDCC students who took the CLAST test in either the summer or fall of 1984. Study findings revealed: (1) over 75% of the CLAST test takers enrolled in MGF 1113; (2) 83.6% of the students earning grades of A,B, or C in MGF 1113 passed the CLAST test; (3) passing rates on the CLAST increased with each level of math completed, with 63.6% passing who had taken MAT 003, 87.3% passing who had taken MAT 1024, and 99.8% passing who had taken higher math; (4) there was little difference in student performance on the CLAST test between groups of students who had taken MGF 1113 or higher math; and (5) those students who enrolled in review sessions did not have higher passing rates or significantly higher mean scores than those who did not enroll. Study findings supported the importance of the role of the general mathematics course in the MDCC curriculum. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.
Note: For related documents, see JC 850 231-233 and JC 850 236.