Date: Apr 1, 2012 11:16 PM
Author: Clyde Greeno @ MALEI
Subject: Re: AMATYC conference attachments- New challenges to math departments and need to improve math success
The commercial, below, seems to be misusing the heading of "AMATYC conference attachments."
Also, a cursory scan of the two attachments seems to indicate that Nolting's perception of "mathematics" is symptomatic of why most American students have difficulty with curricular mathematics ... so generating an adult population over half of whom suffer from math-distress.
Traditionally, American curricular mathematics instruction serves primarily to try to temporarily train students to perform as directed by teachers and whatever learning media they use ... rather than to develop students' lasting functional personal mathematical intelligence. Mathematical comprehension is NOT a matter of temporarily learning data-processing routines or verbiage. It is a matter of abstracting concepts, drawing conclusions, and developing fluencies ... all through personal exercise of mathematical common sense.
I see no evidence that Nolting has the foggiest idea of what mathematical comprehension/intelligence is all about, or its crucial role in students' personal mathematical development. [I do hope to learn that my initial impression is very wrong.]
Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2012 6:34 PM
Subject: AMATYC conference attachments- New challenges to math departments and need to improve math success
Dear AMATYC Participant: (forgot the attachments)
Online math courses are on the increase as well as the focus to improve math success. As well, many two and four year institutions are looking at the emporium model to organize math curriculum. One constant, whether your math department is following this trend or not, is the continued pressure to increase the success rates of math students. Now is the time to help students develop improved learning strategies and conduct research at your colleges/universities to improve math success.
My interview with Dr. Hunter Boylan, in the special math issue of the Journal of Developmental Education, has intensified the urgency to help online and ground-based math students succeed in their classes, particularly those students in developmental math courses (see attachment). I suggested strategies, research topics and reasons for the large number of developmental math students being unsuccessful
The following solutions have evolved out of my twenty years of working with colleges across the nation and working with math students at my own institution.
1. Web-Based Program for Online Math Students with an Online Math Readiness Survey and six remediation modules. The remediation modules are in Organization and Procrastination, Math Learning Skills, Math Test Anxiety and Test-Taking, Math Academic Skills, Computer Skills and Learning Styles. The Web site is now being field tested in several colleges (www.mathreadiness) and will be ready for summer. Email me to gain access to the Web site (see page 5 in attached catalog).
2. The Winning at Math student math study skills text is the only text that has research supporting the improvement of math learning and grades. It also has the How to Reduce Test Anxiety CD attached to the inside back cover and the Test Attitudes Inventory in chapter two. If you are planning to use the Winning at Math as a required text for your math course, math lab or freshman seminar/first year experience/study skills course, I will send you instructions to access to the Instructors Resource site that includes the teacher?s manual at no cost. If you want an additional copy of the text email me and I will send you one. The text also has a companion Math Study Skills Evaluation (MSSE). The MSSE is a diagnostic survey that has subtest scores and suggests chapters and pages to read in the Winning at Math. You can go to www.academicsucdcess.com for more information.
3. To help your students improve math success we also have the Mastering Math Video Series using DVDs or video streams on subjects such as note-taking, test-taking and math anxiety. Right before or after the workshops on test anxiety I demonstrate our new DVD on Managing Math and Test Anxiety using a video clip from my Web site (www.academicsuccess.com). You can go to the Web site and see these video clips and we offer a 30 day money back guarantee.
If you want additional information you can email me at PNolting@aol.com or call me at (941) 951-8160.
Remember that Kim and I also facilitate faculty, staff and student training. Sometimes a special training helps to kick off a new initiative!
Paul Nolting, Ph.D.