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ERIC Number: ED514471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 104
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-0985-8
Impact of High School Math Preparation in an Electrical Trades Program
Little, Linda
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Saint Louis University
The purpose of this study was to examine the high school math preparation of students intending to go into a construction trade after graduation rather than attend college. The first part of the study was quantitative in nature. A Chi Square analysis of apprentice pass/fail scores by urban, suburban and rural geographic locales was conducted. The urban students were significantly more likely to pass the apprenticeship mathematics evaluation exam. A second analysis was used to determine whether higher math courses beyond algebra 2 played a role in student success on the evaluation test. It was found that urban students who took math higher than algebra 2 were more likely to fare well on the exam. This same pattern did not hold true for suburban and rural students who took math higher than algebra 2. The second part of the study was qualitative in nature. Counselors from each of the geographic locales were interviewed about the math preparation process for students. No clear philosophy or process was discovered to explain urban students' greater success on the evaluation exam. Commonalities in the urban schools that may be factors include counselor recommendations to take all math courses at the high school rather than a tech school. Other common practices among the urban schools studied are the use of placement tests to determine initial course placement and the shared philosophy that placement decisions are ongoing. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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