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Worthley, Mary R.; Gloeckner, Gene W.; Kennedy, Paul A. – PRIMUS, 2016
In this study we aimed to understand who was struggling in freshman calculus courses, and why. Concentrating on the Fall sections of the class, the best predictors for success (R[superscript 2] = 0.4) were placement test results, the student's own appraisal of the quality of mathematics teaching they received in high school, and the Motivated…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Calculus, College Freshmen, College Mathematics
Carson, Phyllis B. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The purpose of this study was to investigate the formal mathematics educational training of elementary grade teachers as well as their perceived levels of self-efficacy regarding the Georgia Performance Standards for mathematics. This study investigated 129 first through fifth grade teachers in Northeast Georgia. The researcher administered a…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 1
Harper, Debra J. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
One program designed to prepare first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students to transition from high school to college are early college high school programs which allow qualified students to simultaneously obtain high school diplomas and associate's degrees. However, little is known about how students and faculty perceive such…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Urban Schools, College Preparation, High Schools
Duarte, Jonathan T. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Although current reform movements have stressed the importance of developing prospective middle school mathematics teachers' subject matter knowledge and understandings, there is a dearth of research studies with regard to prospective middle school teachers' confidence and knowledge with respect to quadratic functions. This study was intended to…
Descriptors: Algebra, Middle School Teachers, Mathematics Skills, Equations (Mathematics)
Pennacchia, Donna – ProQuest LLC, 2010
State testing or end-of-course exams are recommended to determine if high school graduates are ready to enter college or the workforce because these assessments are aligned to content area expectations and standards that are measurable within each state as well as from state to state (Achieve, 2006). However, such assessments do not measure all…
Descriptors: High Schools, Qualitative Research, Self Efficacy, Research Methodology