ERIC Number: ED538434
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Reference Count: 4
Evaluation of the Ho'okahua Project at the Maui Community College
Empirical Education Inc.
Ho'okahua is a five-year NSF-funded project designed to increase the number of Maui Community College students entering, persisting in, and succeeding in college level Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses and degree programs, with particular focus on Hawaiian students. This research study measures several indicators of the success of the Ho'okahua project. Specifically, the authors focused on outcomes for students who received algebra instruction through Ho'okahua's courses using the math curriculum, "Cognitive Tutor"[R] ("CT"), which is published by Carnegie Learning. The indicators consist of subsequent course selection and grades achieved for all "CT" students and for native Hawaiian "CT" students in particular. The main research questions are: (1) Did a higher percentage of "CT" students than comparison students go on to take at least one more math course after their initial algebra course during the subsequent three semesters?; (2) Did students who had exposure to "CT" choose subsequent math courses that were of a higher course progression level than students who did not have exposure to "CT"?; (3) Did students who had exposure to "CT" students obtain higher grades in their subsequent math courses than students who did not have exposure to "CT"?; and (4) Did the impact of "CT" on course selection and performance vary with ethnicity--specifically, whether or not the student was native Hawaiian? Appended are: (1) Course Ranking Development; (2) Course Grade Scale; (3) Relationship between Course Level and Grade; (4) Data Sample; (5) Impact of "CT" in Course Level (for Statistical reviewer); (6) Impact of "CT" on Course Grade, Controlling for Course Level (for statistical reviewer); (7) Moderating Effect of Ethnic Background on Course Level; and (8) Moderating Effect of Ethnic Background on Course Grades. (Contains 9 tables and 8 figures.)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Grades (Scholastic), Program Effectiveness, Algebra, Course Selection (Students), Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Program Evaluation, Federal Aid, STEM Education, Hawaiians, Outcome Measures, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Curriculum, College Instruction, Comparative Analysis, Ethnic Groups, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Followup Studies, Pretests Posttests, Racial Differences, Curriculum Evaluation
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: Empirical Education Inc.
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii