Students are being placed in low level mathematics courses based on some means of 'assessment'. Often this is a high stakes test. Instructors complain that the students in their classes are not placed correctly. What is the answer?
Links to and discussion about the K-12 California’s Common Core Content Standards for Mathematics and the mathematical competencies expected of incoming freshmen to the University of California system.
The current curriculum structure with courses for Elementary/Beginning Algebra and Intermediate Algebra presents a number of issues for instructors. This faculty interaction wiki provides a space for you to contribute ideas and resources for discussion with other instructors.
A team from San Diego State University and the San Diego Community College District are engaged in developing a Developmental Math Collection with the MAA's Math Digital Library http://mathdl.maa.org/. This page summarizes the project plan, and points to the Project Team's group space in Curriki. If you want to track or contribute to this project, follow the link on the page to access the Project Team group space and email the Project Leader.
The challenge of helping students who are frequently late for class was raised in a meeting with Dev Math instructors at LA Southwest College. I promised Guadalupe Ramos from SW that I would do a quick scan of research in this area, and post on the team site for others to add their insights and experiences. Feel free to comment below or to add/edit text on the page itself.
Faculty participants in this Faculty Learning Community will have the following opportunities in Spring 2011: Access a set of active learning methods and interactive class activities
Select methods and activities to try out with your Beginning/Elementary Algebra class
Pose questions to the ALEA coach and discuss issues online with other team members
Report back to the team on the experience and impacts of using Active Learning
Meet periodically online with other team members to share expertise and ideas
Contribute to further resource development, plan further evaluation steps and extensions.
This potential project would involve several SAKE colleges (and potentially some from other regions if there is room left in the budget after SAKE colleges have decided on participation). The goals include the following: (1) to enhance student achievement in algebraic reasoning in Dev Math courses; (2) to evaluate the adaptation and mobilization of educational research from the K-12 sector; (3) to support SAKE momentum in participating departments through engagement in SAKE. Please add your comments on possible college participation (in the Colleges section) and other questions/suggestions (anywhere).