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Title

A COMPUTERIZED MODEL FOR PLACEMENT AND DIAGNOSTIC TESTING IN COLLEGE REMEDIAL MATHEMATICS.

Creator

HIRMANPOUR, IRAJ., Florida Atlantic University, Brumbaugh, Douglas K.

Abstract/Description

This study uses Gagne's theory of learning hierarchies to analyze the learning tasks of a college remedial mathematics course into a sequence of subordinate tasks and designs a diagnostic test for the course based upon the model. Furthermore, a computer system that implements the diagnostic system based on the task analysis model of diagnosis is developed. The topics normally covered in college remedial mathematics courses are divided into ten major areas, and each topic is divided into a set...
Show moreThis study uses Gagne's theory of learning hierarchies to analyze the learning tasks of a college remedial mathematics course into a sequence of subordinate tasks and designs a diagnostic test for the course based upon the model. Furthermore, a computer system that implements the diagnostic system based on the task analysis model of diagnosis is developed. The topics normally covered in college remedial mathematics courses are divided into ten major areas, and each topic is divided into a set of subordinate tasks. The subdivision is expressed through statements of performance objectives. A numbering which depicts the hierarchical structures of subtasks is used, and the test design conforms to this structure. Computer programs are written to allow the program user to enter the result of task analysis and the tests to be administered. The tests can be administered via a computer terminal identify the student's mathematical deficiencies. Test results and information from the task analysis can be used to produce a report of student deficiencies. It is hypothesized that such a detailed report of the student's deficiencies will enable the instructor to prescribe an individually tailored remedial course for the student. Each student's test performance is recorded, and a computer program is provided to perform item analysis and to compute test reliability coefficients for any group of students. The result of this study is a set of computer programs which implements the task analysis model of diagnosis for any subject where hierarchical relationships can be defined. This study also provides the testing instruments for separating college freshmen into remedial and nonremedial groups and for the diagnostic testing of the remedial group. It is concluded that the digital computer can be used to implement the task analysis model of diagnosis and that the software provided should be helpful to those who want to design and evaluate diagnostic tests.
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Date Issued

1980

PURL

http://purl.flvc.org/fcla/dt/11774

Subject Headings

MathematicsRemedial teachingAbility testing, AlgebraStudy and teaching (Higher)

Format

Document (PDF)