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ERIC Number: EJ1106053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0894-3907
Accelerated Developmental Arithmetic Using Problem Solving
Guy, G. Michael; Cornick, Jonathan; Holt, Robert J.; Russell, Andrew S. H.
Journal of Developmental Education, v39 n1 p2-4, 6, 8-9 Fall 2015
After many years of extremely low success rates, a radical new design of the first semester arithmetic remedial course was implemented and studied. Students at a large urban community college could take a traditional semester-long traditional lecture-based remedial arithmetic course or a new accelerated 4-week 20-hour problem-solving based alternative remedial arithmetic course. Students taking the accelerated course passed a common exit exam at a statistically significant increased rate. However, those students did not pass the subsequent remedial algebra class at a statistically significant different rate, suggesting that, although the shorter problem-solving based class format improved student achievement in an individual class, more is required to sustain a lasting impact. The pedagogical and structural changes involved in this redesign are also discussed.
National Center for Developmental Education. Appalachian State University, P.O. Box 32098, Boone, NC 28608-2098. Tel: 828-262-3057; Fax: 828-262-7183; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
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