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ERIC Number: EJ876858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
Comparing Success Rates of Developmental Math Students
Woodard, Teresa; Burkett, Sexton
Inquiry, v10 n1 p54-63 Spr 2005
Developmental mathematics students are generally students who are at risk of dropping out of school because of various factors. Many are nontraditional students who have jobs and families; others are traditional students who lack the skills needed to succeed in the college environment. Math anxiety, fear, and intimidation often affect developmental math students, who tend to be afraid of technology, math, and college in general. The authors conducted a study on the success rates of developmental math students and examined the effects of the change from three to five credit math courses and of implementing an exit exam. There was no significant difference found in the success rates of any of the developmental courses after they were offered for five credits. This indicates that three-credit courses are just as effective as five-credit courses for developmental math students. When comparing the success rates of all three courses for all students before and after the exit exam, results showed no significant difference in success although success did increase modestly after the exit exam was in place. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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