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ERIC Number: ED540352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
Factors That Contribute to the Failure of Developmental Mathematics Courses
Mekonnen, Adugna; Reznichenko, Nataliya
Online Submission, Paper presented at Regional NCTM Conference (Cleveland, OH, Oct 2008)
This qualitative case study considers factors such as difficulty of understanding mathematics and poor mathematics practicing strategy under academic factors and lack of family support under social factors as those that contribute to the failure. Many students entering community college have deficiencies in mathematics background and are required to take developmental courses. Despite students' regular attendance and interest in taking developmental mathematics courses, many of them fail these courses. The purpose of this study was to understand and identify major academic and social factors that contribute to the failure of developmental mathematics students. It was done from the perspective of those students who attend class regularly and repeat the same developmental mathematics course several times. Four appendixes present: (1) Interview Protocol; (2) Interview Transcript; (3) Classroom Observation; and (4) List of Codes. (Contains 1 figure.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A