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ERIC Number: EJ799925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Addressing the Crisis in College Mathematics: Designing Courses for Student Success
Thiel, Teresa; Peterman, Shahla; Brown, Monica
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v40 n4 p44-49 Jul-Aug 2008
College students' success in a course depends on many factors, including their ability and previous knowledge of the subject, the effectiveness of the instruction, and their motivation to work hard enough to succeed. Introductory courses, including many that satisfy general-education requirements, often pose a particular problem for students who are not interested in the subject or fear failure based on their high-school experiences. Students' low success rates nationally in mathematics courses are particularly damaging because these courses are a gateway to many majors and hence a major stumbling block to students' achievement. This article shares some of the details of a college algebra redesign program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The authors present some of the principles that they learned that might be applicable to other courses in which poor student motivation is a major problem and a likely source of student failure. (Contains 1 resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri