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 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.
Show less  Date Issued
 1980
 PURL
 http://purl.flvc.org/fcla/dt/11774
 Subject Headings
 MathematicsRemedial teachingAbility testing, AlgebraStudy and teaching (Higher)
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 Title
 AN ANALYSIS OF THE ABILITY OF SELECTED VARIABLES TO PREDICT THE PROBABILITY AND DEGREE OF SUCCESS IN A COMMUNITY COLLEGE INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA COURSE.
 Creator
 MEDUSKY, JOHN WILLIAM., Florida Atlantic University
 Abstract/Description

The purpose of this study was to determine whether it was possible to construct a profile for an individual which would predict whether he would succeed in a community college intermediate algebra course, and whether it was possible to predict the grade the individual would receive in the course. The problem generating the study was the high dropout rate for the intermediate algebra course offered at the institution of the researcher, Broward Community College, Broward County, Florida. The...
Show moreThe purpose of this study was to determine whether it was possible to construct a profile for an individual which would predict whether he would succeed in a community college intermediate algebra course, and whether it was possible to predict the grade the individual would receive in the course. The problem generating the study was the high dropout rate for the intermediate algebra course offered at the institution of the researcher, Broward Community College, Broward County, Florida. The set of eight possible predictors used in the study were mathematical aptitude score, mathematical achievement score, reading comprehension score, age at the beginning of the term, elapsed time since last successful completion of a mathematics course, number of credit hours being carried. sex of the individual and hours of employment per week. The major conclusions reached were that the classification functions developed demonstrated the ability to: 1) Predict a grade exactly with a probability of at least 0.34. 2) Predict a grade within one grade level with a probability of at least 0.65. 3) Identify at least 60 percent of failures at the initiation of the course.
Show less  Date Issued
 1978
 PURL
 http://purl.flvc.org/fcla/dt/11714
 Subject Headings
 Mathematical abilityTesting, AlgebraStudy and teachingFlorida
 Format
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