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Open Access Dissertation
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Education (also CAGS)
Year Degree Awarded
Month Degree Awarded
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching | Curriculum and Instruction | Vocational Education
This mixed method, quantitative and qualitative, study explores the effects of a curriculum with an emphasis on scientific, technological, and engineering focused problems and careers on student success and interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The setting is an urban community college where in the spring of 2016, 71% of the students tested into developmental mathematics (STCC, 2017).
The course of study was Algebra one, a developmental, non-college credit bearing, mathematics course. Students had the option of two paths for the subsequent course, a terminal college level mathematics class, or a STEM pathway developmental algebra two course. Pass rates, pre/posttests, pre/post interest surveys, and subsequent math course were recorded and analyzed. Furthermore, implications and limitations of the study were examined with recommendations for future research presented. The findings were that there was an increase in both path rates, and STEM interest.
Hill, Vanessa A., "INCREASING STEM PARTICIPATION AND STUDENT SUCCESS OF DEVELOPMENTAL MATHEMATICS STUDENTS AT AN URBAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE" (2018). Doctoral Dissertations. 1243.