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Wayne Mackey

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College Algebra Experiment
Posted: Jun 11, 2013 6:00 PM
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Dear Colleagues,

I am applying for an NSF grant to do a Randomized Cluster Trial of the efficacy and replicability of a Mastery Learning environment for teaching and learning College Algebra. If your college has developmental math courses below College Algebra, such as Basic Math, Beginning Algebra, or Intermediate Algebra, your school would be eligible to participate. The school would be required to do very little in participating and could remain anonymous if desired. Half of these developmental classes, randomly selected, would take a special combination College Algebra course using an electronic textbook. The textbooks for those classes, along with up to 35 laptop computers to use with the textbook and kept by the school thereafter, would be provided by the grant. Teachers of the trial course would use either a group version of Mastery Learning that is only a slight modification of their usual methods although a Lead Teacher would attend a one-day conference (expenses paid by the grant) to learn some methods to individualize the teaching while still using the power of cooperative learning. Students in the trial classes would have a full year to complete the Mastery Learning course while the other half would proceed through the normal sequence of developmental courses using the usual textbook. A more detailed description of the textbook and Mastery Learning is available at<> The school would be responsible for submitting to a statistician a count of the number of students from the two groups of classes, trial and control, that have successfully completed a College Algebra course at the end of the first year and any additional ones after the second year at their school.

If you think your college might be interested in participating in this experiment which would probably not get underway until Fall of 2015, please get in touch as soon as possible (submitting deadline is July) with Wayne Mackey.

Wayne Mackey

Instructor Emeritus<>


1135 S. Paradise Lane

Fayetteville, AR 72701

p.s. Pass this along to any other colleague who might be interested.

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