TITLE

PREDICTORS OF STUDENT SUCCESS IN ENTRY-LEVEL UNDERGRADUATE MATHEMATICS COURSES

AUTHOR(S)
Gupta, Sat; Harris, David E.; Carrier, Nellie M.; Caron, Paul
PUB. DATE
March 2006
SOURCE
College Student Journal;Mar2006, Vol. 40 Issue 1, p97
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Most undergraduate programs require completion of a mathematics course, but pass rates in these courses are often low. To determine predictors of student success in 100-level mathematics courses at the University of Southern Maine, we used a questionnaire to collect information on possible predictors of grade (student demographics, attitude, educational experience, factors impacting study time) and course-related factors. We then performed univariate analysis using Mann-Whitney and the Kruskall-Wallis tests, and multivariate analysis using ordinal logistic regression modeling, and found that students who were male, older, had missed fewer classes, had taken more 100-level classes, took classes in a once a week format, had a more positive attitude toward mathematics, and had a lower ranked instructor tended to receive higher grades. These results suggest that a supportive learning environment may enhance performance.
ACCESSION #
20522366

 

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