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Pathways in Math Literacy. Dave Sobecki Miami University Hamilton Brian Mercer Parkland College. We begin with a metaphor…. Online Dev Math. The scope of the problem: (National) • Over 60% of entering students require remedial classes • 70% of those NEVER COMPLETE DEV MATH

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Pathways in math literacy

Pathways in Math Literacy

Dave Sobecki

Miami University Hamilton

Brian Mercer

Parkland College



The scope of the problem:

(National)

• Over 60% of entering students require remedial classes

• 70% of those NEVER COMPLETE DEV MATH

• In an average year, about 4.5 million students begin college; 1.9 million will never even qualify for a college-level math course.

(Carnegie Foundation)




Of those, how many have received credit for a college-level math course after 1 year?

Actually, 3.54


What about after two years? math course after 1 year?


Three years? math course after 1 year?


Aw, c’mon man… after FOUR YEARS? math course after 1 year?


The consequence: math course after 1 year?

(Ohio)


100 students enroll in public colleges in Ohio. math course after 1 year?

49 of them enroll in two-year schools.


How many return as sophomores? math course after 1 year?



What about in three years? math course after 1 year?


Four? math course after 1 year?


Clearly, people… math course after 1 year?

WE HAVE A PROBLEM



It has been joked… Parkland College

…that change in math happens one retirement at a time.


  • Developmental Algebra at Parkland: Parkland College

  • Approximately 2/3 of incoming freshmen place into developmental math.

  • Approximately 3/4 of those students are on a non-STEM path.

  • Approximately 55% success at each of three levels of algebra.


Old Parkland College Parkland College

Developmental Algebra Sequence


A friend from Texas recently shared… Parkland College

…no man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.


So what did we do? Parkland College

We formed yet another committee!


  • Background Parkland College:

  • Taught a Beginning and Intermediate combo course for many years

  • 2003 pilot Intermediate Algebra/Intro to Statistics course

  • Conversations with administration at Parkland

  • Movement on a state and national level

  • How I got involved


What is Pathways? Parkland College

A new developmental math course for non-STEM students



New Parkland College Parkland College

Developmental Algebra Sequence


  • Goals? Parkland College

  • Alternate but still challenging path

  • Math in context

  • Relevant

  • Critical thinking

  • Address needs of students

  • Accessible style for students

  • Sense of comfort for faculty


Setting Expectations: Parkland College

Daily Responsibilities:

Attend class, attempt to see value in the mathematics we examine, know why you are here, show you care, and try your best.


  • Productive Struggle: Parkland College

  • Real problems aren’t easy

  • Persistence will pay off

  • Take responsibility


  • This isn’t an algebra class! Parkland College

  • Very few lectures

  • Active participation required

  • Reading, writing, and technology

  • Group work

  • All basic skills problems are online



Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Dirty Jokes? Parkland College

[email protected]

[email protected]

http://www.mhhe.com/sem/pathways/


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