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ERIC Number: ED557439
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 316
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3211-3080-5
Perceptions and Lived Experiences of Traditional Community College Developmental Mathematics Students
Mathai, Mince John
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D.Ed.Lead. Dissertation, University of Phoenix
Many students graduate from high school without adequate proficiency in mathematics, which is necessary to successfully undertake the challenges of college-level mathematics courses. As the underprepared students pursue postsecondary education, these institutions are required to provide remediation in mathematics to equip them with basic mathematics skills that will enable them to successfully undertake college-level course work. The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe, understand, and interpret the meaning of the experience of learning mathematics, of traditional community college developmental mathematics students during their K-12 education, consistent with the phenomenological hermeneutic research design. The study involved face-to-face semistructured interviews with 16 participants to collect their experiences with learning mathematics. The interviews were analyzed and themes were developed using thematic analysis proposed by van Manen. Five themes emerged from the study: (a) family background, (b) personal factors, (c) teacher effectiveness, (d) absence of better support system and intensive interventions, and (e) hope for a better future. The study revealed that the community college students, who were placed in mathematics remediation, face many challenges with mathematics learning during the K-12 education period. As a result, they failed to achieve mathematics proficiency and were required to take remedial mathematics courses at the college level. Though students consider mathematics remediation as a setback, they believe that remediation will prepare them for collegelevel course work and help them to achieve their dream of attaining a college degree. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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