Richard Hake
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Remediation for Remedial Math
Posted:
May 12, 2012 3:39 PM



Some subscribers to MathEdCC might be interested in a recent discussionlist post "Remediation for Remedial Math" [Hake (2012)]. The abstract reads:
************************************************* ABSTRACT: Norman Stahl of the LRNASSTL list has pointed to Mitch Smith's (2012) "Inside Higher Ed" article "Remediation for Remedial Math" at <http://bit.ly/JtnbKp>. 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 mathbased field will still take a traditional, algebrabased developmental course. BUT OTHER STUDENTS MIGHT TAKE CLASSES IN STATISTICS OR QUANTITATIVE REASONING, subsets 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 passivestudent 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 courses. *************************************************
To access the complete 8 kB post please click on <http://bit.ly/IQoSPw>.
Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University <rrhake@earthlink.net> Links to Articles: <http://bit.ly/a6M5y0> Links to SDI Labs: <http://bit.ly/9nGd3M> Blog: <http://bit.ly/9yGsXh> Academia: <http://iub.academia.edu/RichardHake> Twitter <https://twitter.com/#!/rrhake>
REFERENCES [All URL's shortened by <http://bit.ly/> and accessed on 12 May 2012.] Hake, R.R. 2012. "Remediation for Remedial Math,"online on the OPEN! AERAL archives at <http://bit.ly/IQoSPw>. Post of 12 May 2012 10:24:190700 to AERAL and NetGold. The abstract and link to the complete post are also being transmitted to several discussion lists and are on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/M7idpO> with a provision for comments.

