ERIC Number: EJ1063286
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
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A Comparative Study of Student Math Skills: Perceptions, Validation, and Recommendations
Jones, Thomas W.; Price, Barbara A.; Randall, Cindy H.
Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, v9 n3 p379-394 Sep 2011
A study was conducted at a southern university in sophomore level production classes to assess skills such as the order of arithmetic operations, decimal and percent conversion, solving of algebraic expressions, and evaluation of formulas. The study was replicated using business statistics and quantitative analysis classes at a southeastern university. The intent of the study was to determine math deficiencies among college students and to ascertain whether or not these deficiencies impact grades. Data analyses compared students' test results and grades from the different classes at the two universities and identified surprising patterns across classes, universities, and professors. These results support the need for curriculum modifications to address the identified deficiencies.
Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, Comparative Analysis, Statistical Analysis, College Students, Skill Analysis, Knowledge Level, Data Analysis, Grades (Scholastic), Academic Achievement, Cohort Analysis, Educational Needs, Arithmetic, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematical Formulas
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