ERIC Number: EJ902492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Comparisons of Success and Retention in a General Chemistry Course before and after the Adoption of a Mathematics Prerequisite
Donovan, William J.; Wheland, Ethel R.
School Science and Mathematics, v109 n7 p371-382 Nov 2009
This study of the relationships between mathematical ability and success and retention in a general chemistry course was conducted at an open-enrollment university whose mission is to provide a quality education to a culturally and economically diverse student body. We studied the correlation between the demonstrated level of mathematical ability and success in chemistry and the correlation between the demonstrated level of mathematical ability and retention in chemistry. After the chemistry department implemented a mathematics prerequisite for the chemistry course, data were examined to compare success and retention prior to and after the adoption of the prerequisite. Analysis showed that success and retention in chemistry increased after the adoption of the mathematics prerequisite. (Contains 3 tables and 6 figures.)
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Prerequisites, Educational Quality, Chemistry, Success, Academic Persistence, Mathematical Aptitude, Mathematics Skills, Correlation, Pretests Posttests, Achievement Gains, Comparative Analysis, Curriculum Enrichment, Schematic Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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