Preparing Students for College-level Math


Pam Meader
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Portland Adult Education
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Instructional Material
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"Preparing Students for College-level Math" is part of the National College Transitions Network (NCTN) Promising Practice Series. ( ). This series presents information on strategies from the field that are designed to promote the transition of ABE students to postsecondary education.

The article describes a pilot ABE-to-college transition program in Portland, Maine in 2003, funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. The author shares many strategies she used in her Algebra courses. She has links to additional information on various topics and she includes samples of some of her teaching materials.

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This resource is of value to the field of adult education; it is a clever method to ameliorate mathematics learning in ABE classes. The appendices attached are a great resource for ABE educators to utilize in the classroom; as is, the description of the practice (make students comfortable, peer interviews, goal setting, learning styles inventory, math murder mystery, hands-on labs, journaling, and grading rubric). Furthermore, this article calls for additional research in the field of numeracy.

Pam Meader is a respected math educator and leader in the effort to reform mathematics education for adults. This particular article has value to the field of adult education because it provides descriptions of three successful classroom practices: learner goal-setting; “hands-on labs” (inquiry-based learning); and the use of journals. The author provides specific examples of each of these practices. In addition, another value of this article is its reference to the materials of the Adult Numeracy Network and to the resources of the National College Transition Network, whose website contains information on learning style inventories, curriculum resources, and program development information in the work of transitioning students to college.

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