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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
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
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