Concept of Numbers - Arithmetic and Prealgebra course redesign

This course redesign was created using a conceptual approach versus the traditional path of teaching arithmetic through topics, for example, whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and pre-algebra. The core of the course progresses through the basic concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. For example, in the multiplication unit, students multiply whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and integers, perform percent applications, utilize the distributive property and solve equations using multiplication. All of the objectives of a traditional arithmetic course are covered, but taught in a different sequence to improve student outcomes. The course includes a History of Math unit.

Progress on yearly goals and outcomes related to intervention:

  • Increase student success (A, B, C, or P) rate by 7%.
  • Develop and share effective strategies for teaching development student.
  • Pre-intervention success rates in Fall 2004-Fall 2007 were consistent, ranging from 45%-47%.
  • AY 2008- 2009- Math faculty engaged with the interventions in developmental math.
  • AY 2009- 2010- Alternative approach to teaching MAT 010 course relies on the methodologies of concepts, as opposed to traditional method through topics.  After AY 2009-2010- Intervention altered for Concept of Numbers: An Alternative Approach to Teaching Arithmetic and Pre-algebra (MAT 010).
  • AY 2009-2010- Intervention implemented. In the Spring, students averaged a 58.5% success rate, compared to a 40% success rate for students not participating in the intervention.
  • AY 2011-2012- In the Fall, the intervention was brought to scale. Students were 57.7% successful.
  • AY 2012 – 2013- awarded a Hewlett Scaling Project grant from Community College Research Center for $269,000 to replicate the course and improve learning. The course has been replicated at twelve colleges. 90% of MCCC faculty have participated in a one-semester professional development activity. Students were 62% successful.
  • AY 2014-2015 - At the completion of Fall 2015, 3775 students have benefitted from the course redesign. Also, Barbara Lontz,the woman responsible for the redesign, takes sabbatical to create 50+ educational videos for students, which address the more challenging ENG 010 concepts.
ID 15817

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