Redefining Developmental Math for Non-Algebra Core Math Courses
Dr. Daryl Stephens
East Tennessee State University
We donít have all the answers.
We donít even have all the questions!
Your mileage may vary. (It may be that nothing in this presentation will apply to your institutionís situation.)
(Hereís where your mileage may vary.)
About 90% of our students do NOT take an algebra-based course (such as college algebra, precalculus, calculus) for graduation. These students take MATH 1530, Probability and Statistics, as their core math class.
Very little intermediate algebra is used in this course.
Mostly majors in math and the sciences take something other than prob & stat for graduation, and they are required to take one semester of calculus. (Digital media majors take both P&S and trig.) These students benefit from intermediate algebra.
NSTCC and WSCC are affected by ETSUís decisions.
What did we think we would do?
Our Redesign Proposal (Briefly)
Re-vamp DSPM 0800 to make it a better preparation for statistics
Delete DSPM 0850 requirement for students not taking precalculus or other algebra-based courses
What concepts do the statisticians think the incoming student need?
Order of operation, especially distributive property, even when using a calculator
Comparing (order) fractions, decimals, percents, and signed numbers
Interpret numerical answeró(what does it mean?)
Estimation: does the answer make sense?
Percent, proportions, decimals
Solving and graphing linear equations
The language of inequalities
Use My Math Lab, Hawkes Learning, or similar programs with both courses
Alternate days between lecture classroom and computer lab as is done with statistics course