Carnegie Senior Partner Jim Stigler and colleagues Karen B. Givvin and Belinda J. Thompson from the University of California, Los Angeles were commissioned by Carnegie to investigate what community college developmental mathematics students understand about mathematics and how we might help turn around the alarming statistics that show that an enormous number of those students drop out of college because they aren’t successful in math courses. "An assumption we make in this report is that substantive improvements in mathematics learning will not occur unless we can succeed in transforming the way mathematics is taught," the authors write. "In particular, we are interested in exploring the hypothesis that these students who have failed to learn mathematics in a deep and lasting way up to this point might be able to do so if we can convince them, first, that mathematics makes sense, and then provide them with the tools and opportunities to think and reason."
This collaboration project will engage a faculty team to review, enhance and extend the Algebra for Statistics course concept under development by Myra Snell and Tue Rust of Los Medanos College. The course is designed to incorporate the mathematical knowledge required for a transfer level Statistics course, typically incorporated within developmental math courses. Collaborating faculty will review lesson plans and observe videos of actual class time, add new ideas to the concepts under development at LMC, and can also adapt resources and practices for their own college context.
Discussion of implementation of common final exams or other common assessents: Multiple-Choice vs Free Response questions, common and/or blind grading, common or multiple time blocks for giving assessment, etc.