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The Math 130 Experiment: A Comparison of Self-Paced and Lecture Methods of Instruction in Pre-Calulus.
Final rept. Jul-Dec 83,
AIR FORCE ACADEMY CO
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The Math 130 self-paced experiment was a study conducted at the USAF Academy in the fall of 1983. The purpose was to determine if selected cadets could perform as well in a self-paced pre-calculus course as those in a more traditional lecturediscussionrecitation course. In Math 130, 293 students were polled to determine their preference of self-paced or regular model of instruction. Approximately one-third 13 of the total course volunteered and were selected to be in the self-paced group. The remainder of the cadets were placed into the traditional course. The two courses were identical in content, but differed in timing of topics, test administration, and instructional styles. A common pre-test and post-test were administered to both groups. No significant differences were detected in the performance of the two groups. Comparisons were also made between the two groups math achievement in differential calculus and first semester grade point average. Again, no significant differences were found. Keywords include Precalculus, Self-paced, Learning styles, Learning style inventory, Modes of instruction, Instructional styles.
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