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Richard Hake

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[math-learn] Remediation for Remedial Math
Posted: May 12, 2012 3:39 PM
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Some subscribers to Math-Learn might be interested in a recent
discussion-list post "Remediation for Remedial Math" [Hake (2012)].
The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: Norman Stahl of the LRNASST-L list has pointed to Mitch
Smith's (2012) "Inside Higher Ed" article "Remediation for Remedial
Math" at <>. Smith wrote (paraphrasing; my CAPS):

"Texas appears to be the first state to adopt drastic rethinking of
remedial math in all its community colleges. When the new system,
dubbed Mathways, is fully in place, remedial students who intend on
majoring in a science- or math-based field will still take a
traditional, algebra-based developmental course. BUT OTHER STUDENTS
of math that could prove more relevant to their careers and present
less of a barrier to [those] emerging from remedial education."

In my opinion, the major problem my not be inherent difficulty for
many students of the algebra on which remedial courses concentrate,
but the fact that such courses are ineffectively taught as
passive-student lecture courses. Jerry Epstein's (2007) "Calculus
Concept Inventory" is beginning to show the abysmal ineffectiveness
of standard introductory calculus courses. Similarly an "Algebra
Concept Inventory" might show the same thing for current algebra

To access the complete 8 kB post please click on <>.

Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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REFERENCES [All URL's shortened by <> and accessed on
12 May 2012.]
Hake, R.R. 2012. "Remediation for Remedial Math,"online on the OPEN!
AERA-L archives at <>. Post of 12 May 2012
10:24:19-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the
complete post are also being transmitted to several discussion lists
and are on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at <> with a
provision for comments.

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