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ERIC Number: EJ849647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1011-3487
Diagnostic Assessment for Mathematics in a Distance Learning Context
Bohlmann, C. A.; Fletcher, L.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v22 n3 p556-574 2008
The idea of a diagnostic process to identify students likely to benefit from additional support originated from two separate investigations relating to the performance of entry-level mathematics students at the University of South Africa (UNISA). One project explored the relationship between reading skill and mathematical performance. This resulted in a reading intervention programme for students of mathematics. The other project considered an alternative method of assessment. This article explains why and how diagnostic assessment was developed for students who enrolled for the UNISA Mathematics Access Module. The article gives some initial results, and an analysis of examination performance related to the risk categories identified by the diagnostic assessment. (Contains 2 figures, 8 tables and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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