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ERIC Number: ED405924
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 41
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Comparison of the Final Grades of Students in Calculus for Business, Management, and Social Sciences with and without a Prior College Algebra Course.
Arismendi-Pardi, E. J.
A study was conducted at California's Orange Coast College (OCC) to determine if students who completed college algebra at OCC or at another college prior to enrolling in the college's calculus for business, management, and social sciences (CBMSS) course performed significantly better than students who had not previously completed college algebra. Questionnaires were distributed to all 131 students taking one of six CBMSS course sections in fall 1996, determining that 70 had completed college algebra and 61 had not. Final semester grades were obtained and compared for the students, while students receiving withdrawal or audit grades were not included in the comparison. The study found that the students who had completed college algebra performed significantly better than those who did not. When students' course grades were converted to the standard 4-point system, students who completed algebra received a mean grade of 3.014, compared to 2.541 for students who did not. It was recommended that college algebra be established as a prerequisite for CBMSS and that the results of the study be disseminated to the members of the administrative personnel and the OCC Curriculum Committee. Contains 31 references. Appendixes provide the CBMSS course outline and the student questionnaire. (HAA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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