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ERIC Number: ED415936
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep-22
Pages: 6
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Math and Science on a Personal Level.
Freeman, Michael
Achievement in Mathematics (AIM), an algebra class at Lexington Community College, has successfully demonstrated the benefits of collaborative study. Six sections of Intermediate Algebra were taught by three instructors, each teaching one traditional section and one collaborative section. All six sections were given the same lectures, tests, and homework, but the collaborative sections, which consisted of student volunteers, attended an additional two-hour workshop where they worked in small groups on supplementary homework problems. The Math ACT scores of the traditional and collaborative groups were nearly identical, as were the gender and other standard indicators. Collaborative sections achieved higher grades and had higher passing rates than did the traditional groups in both Intermediate and College Algebra, though the latter was not collaborative. AIM was modeled after an equally successful course called MathExcel, a calculus program in Kentucky that combined workshops and a personal atmosphere with interested students, dedicated faculty, and assessment. Collaborative programs also exist on the Lexington Campus of the University of Kentucky (UK) and in the UK Community College System. The program has proved to be cost effective due to the savings resulting from a larger rate of student success after only one academic attempt. (YKH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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