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ERIC Number: EJ1112812
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2375-804X
Assessing the Effectiveness of a Learning Community Course Design to Improve the Math Performance of First-Year Students
Hansen, Michele J.; Meshulam, Susan; Parker, Brooke
Learning Communities: Research & Practice, v1 n1 Article 10 2013
National attention is focused on the persistent high failure rates for students enrolled in math courses, and the search for strategies to change these outcomes is on. This study used a mixed-method research design to assess the effectiveness of a learning community course designed to improve the math performance levels of firstyear students. Results suggested that investing resources into learning community programs that help students meet collegiate-level math course demands helps promote academic success in math courses and eases students' college transitions. Participants in the math learning communities reported significantly higher rates of using academic supports, engaging in campus activities, and understanding general education learning outcomes compared to a quasi-control group of students enrolled in the same math courses. Math learning community participants enrolled in introductory algebra courses had higher levels of math performance compared to nonparticipants. [This article was originally published in: "Journal of Learning Communities Research," 5(1). (April 2010).]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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