ERIC Number: EJ1183476
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Assessing the Effectiveness of Quantway®: A Multilevel Model with Propensity Score Matching
Yamada, Hiroyuki; Bohannon, Angel X.; Grunow, Alicia; Thorn, Christopher A.
Community College Review, v46 n3 p257-287 Jul 2018
Objective: Quantway is a Carnegie Math Pathways initiative, which redesigns the content, pedagogy, and structure of traditional developmental mathematics courses to simultaneously tackle traditional barriers to student success and support a broad range of developmental students in achieving their mathematics potential. Specifically, Quantway is a quantitative reasoning sequence that is comprised of a single term accelerated developmental mathematics course called Quantway 1 and a college-level mathematics course called Quantway 2. This study assesses the effectiveness of the developmental mathematics course, Quantway 1, during its first six semesters of implementation. Method: We used a hierarchical linear modeling technique to conduct propensity score matching across 37 student characteristics to compare the course performance of Quantway 1 students with matched comparison students from traditional developmental mathematics courses. Results: Quantway 1 students demonstrated significantly higher odds of success in fulfilling developmental mathematics course requirements and enrolling in college mathematics courses in the following year than matched comparison students. In addition, Quantway 1 effects were positive across all sex and race/ethnicity subgroups as well as in nearly all classrooms and colleges. Contributions: This study provides robust evidence that Quantway 1 increases student success in fulfilling developmental mathematics requirements and advances equity in student outcomes. Implications of and future directions for the Pathways are discussed.
Descriptors: Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Probability, Scores, Developmental Studies Programs, Mathematics Education, Course Evaluation, College Mathematics, Acceleration (Education), Outcomes of Education, Student Characteristics, Comparative Analysis, Remedial Mathematics, Mathematics Achievement, Student Improvement, College Students, Outcome Measures, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
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