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Kartal, Ozgul; Dunya, Beyza Aksu; Diefes-Dux, Heidi A.; Zawojewski, Judith S. – International Journal of Research in Education and Science, 2016
Critical to many science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career paths is mathematical modeling--specifically, the creation and adaptation of mathematical models to solve problems in complex settings. Conventional standardized measures of mathematics achievement are not structured to directly assess this type of mathematical…
Descriptors: Mathematical Models, STEM Education, Standardized Tests, Mathematics Achievement
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Wade, Carol H.; Sonnert, Gerhard; Sadler, Philip M.; Hazari, Zahra – American Secondary Education, 2017
Using data from the first National study on high school preparation for college calculus success, the Factors Influencing College Success in Mathematics (FICSMath) project, this article connects student high school instructional experiences to college calculus performance. The findings reported here reveal that students were better prepared for…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Secondary School Mathematics, College Mathematics, Calculus
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Haynes, J. Chris; Stripling, Christopher T. – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2014
School-based agricultural education programs provide contextualized learning environments for the teaching of core academic subject matter. This study sought to examine the mathematics efficacy and professional development needs of Wyoming agricultural education teachers related to teaching contextualized mathematics. Wyoming agricultural…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Effectiveness, Agricultural Education, Faculty Development
Grinstead, Mary L. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This study explores the relationship between specific advanced mathematics courses and college readiness (as determined by ACT score). The ACT organization has found a consistent relationship between taking a minimum core number of mathematics courses and higher ACT scores (mathematics and composite) (ACT, Inc., 2012c). However, the extent to…
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Advanced Placement, Mathematics Education, College Entrance Examinations
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Shepherd, Mary D.; Selden, Annie; Selden, John – Mathematical Thinking and Learning: An International Journal, 2012
This article reports the observed behaviors and difficulties that 11 precalculus and calculus students exhibited in reading new passages from their mathematics textbooks. To gauge the "effectiveness" of these students' reading, we asked them to attempt straightforward mathematical tasks, based directly on what they had just read. The…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Textbooks, Calculus, Undergraduate Students
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Brown, Jennifer L.; Halpin, Glennelle; Halpin, Gerald – Higher Education Studies, 2015
The demand for STEM graduates has increased, but the number of incoming freshmen who declare a STEM major has remained stagnant. High school courses, such as calculus, can open or close the gate for students interested in careers in STEM. The purpose of this study was to determine if high school mathematics preparation was a significant…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Grade Point Average, Statistical Analysis, STEM Education
Gaskins, Darlene – Online Submission, 2014
We need to come together as a team and become one system of total quality improvement regarding the education of our nation's children. In order to achieve a gold standard in the education of our nation's children, leadership has to be willing to go against the status quo and build bridges for long-term sustainable change. In order to survive,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Public Schools, Mathematics Achievement
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Barnett, M.D.; Sonnert, G.; Sadler, P.M. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
Relativizing the popular belief that student effort is the key to success, this article finds that effort in the most advanced mathematics course in US high schools is not consistently associated with college calculus performance. We distinguish two types of student effort: productive and ineffective efforts. Whereas the former carries the…
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Achievement, Correlation, Advanced Courses
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Post, Thomas R.; Medhanie, Amanuel; Harwell, Michael; Norman, Ke Wu; Dupuis, Danielle N.; Muchlinski, Thomas; Andersen, Edwin; Monson, Debra – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2010
This retrospective study examined the impact of prior mathematics achievement on the relationship between high school mathematics curricula and student postsecondary mathematics performance. The sample (N = 4,144 from 266 high schools) was partitioned into 3 strata by ACT mathematics scores. Students completing 3 or more years of a commercially…
Descriptors: High School Students, College Students, College Mathematics, Course Selection (Students)
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Guidry, Krisandra – Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 2013
This study seeks to examine whether the predictors of success for students in an online quantitative course are different than those for an online qualitative course. Data were collected from students taking online courses offered by an AACSB accredited College of Business at a medium sized state university (total student population 7,000) in…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Academic Achievement, Success, Online Courses
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Hudesman, John; Crosby, Sara; Flugman, Bert; Issac, Sharlene; Everson, Howard; Clay, Dorie B. – Journal of Developmental Education, 2013
This paper describes a multistep Enhanced Formative Assessment Program (EFAP) that features a Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) component. The program, which teaches students to become more effective learners, has been applied in a wide range of academic disciplines. In this paper we report on how the EFAP-SRL model can be applied to the area of…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Formative Evaluation, Learning Strategies, Models
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Johnson, Marianne; Kuennen, Eric – Journal of Statistics Education, 2006
We identify the student characteristics most associated with success in an introductory business statistics class, placing special focus on the relationship between student math skills and course performance, as measured by student grade in the course. To determine which math skills are important for student success, we examine (1) whether the…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Grade Point Average, Course Content, Mathematical Concepts
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Huhn, Craig – Mathematics Teacher, 2016
When the author was first charged with getting a group of students to understand the correlation coefficient, he did not anticipate the topic would challenge his own understanding, let alone cause him to eventually question the very nature of mathematics itself. On the surface, the idea seemed straightforward, one that millions of students across…
Descriptors: Correlation, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction
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What Works Clearinghouse, 2016
Most colleges and universities in the United States require students to take the SAT or ACT as part of the college application process. These tests are high stakes in at least three ways. First, most universities factor scores on these tests into admissions decisions. Second, higher scores can increase a student's chances of being admitted to…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Test Preparation, College Applicants, High Stakes Tests
Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, 2016
Alaska's Department of Education & Early Development shares a vision that all students can succeed in their education and work, shape meaningful lives for themselves, exemplify the best values of society, and be effective in improving the character and quality of the world about them. To support this mission, the Alaska State Board of…
Descriptors: Public Schools, State Legislation, School Districts, Academic Achievement
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