ERIC Number: ED460691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Success in Postsecondary Developmental Mathematics: A Curriculum Evaluation.
Graves, Sonja Lenita
The primary purpose of this postsecondary developmental mathematics curriculum evaluation is to assess the effectiveness of the Center for Occupational Research and Development's (CORD) Mathematics Foundations for Introductory College Mathematics. A contextually based, hands-on developmental mathematics curriculum, Mathematics Foundations is divided into two parts: Fundamentals and Algebra. Designed to enhance the mathematical skills of postsecondary developmental mathematics students, the curriculum presents mathematical concepts in the context of real-life situations, helping students gain a better understanding of the importance of math in their everyday lives. The one-semester evaluative study examined academic performance using pre- and post-tests and, using pre- and post-surveys, also examined students' and instructors' attitudes about mathematics. The study attempted to (1) gain field evaluations of the curriculum and its delivery systems; (2) obtain pertinent data on contextual learning methods within developmental mathematics programs at selected two-year colleges; and (3) help develop a national report that evaluates the pilot-site data collected, determine the effectiveness of contextual learning methods at the postsecondary level, and select exemplary model sites for longitudinal studies. Beyond the introduction and rationale of study, sections contained in the document include a review of the literature, theoretical framework, research methodology, conclusions, and research implications. (Contains 35 references.) (AS)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Curriculum, Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Assessment, Evaluation, Higher Education, Instruction, Learning, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
CORD Communications, Inc., Customer Relations, P.O. Box 212006, Waco, TX 76702-1206. Tel: 800-231-3015 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Occupational Research and Development, Inc., Waco, TX.