
06113357
j
2013a.00304
Maciejewski, Wes
A collegelevel foundational mathematics course: evaluation, challenges, and future directions.
Adults Learn. Math. 7, No. 1, 2031 (2012).
2012
Adults Learning Mathematics (ALM)
EN
C74
D34
D44
college mathematics education
at risk students
bridging courses
effectiveness
Summary: Recently in Ontario, Canada, the college math project brought to light startling data on the achievement of students in Ontario's College of Applied Arts and Technology System related to their performance in firstyear mathematics courses: onethird of the students had failed their firstyear mathematics course or were at risk of not completing their program because of their performance in such a course. Here I present the results of an attempt to address the findings of the college math project. A foundational mathematics course, based on the JUMP math program, was designed and implemented at a college in Toronto, Ontario. Although the students who took this program made appreciable gains in their achievement, it is difficult to assert its effectiveness over other programs because of the absence of studies profiling college math education practices either in Canada or internationally. The intention of this article is to help establish a datum for research into specific college math education programs.