Finding Relevance in College Math

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March 29, 2022
Authors: Chris S. Hulleman, Yoi Tibbetts, Michelle Francis, Alison Lubin, Delaram Totonchi, Kenn Barron

Introductory math courses often act as gatekeeper courses, creating structural barriers that impede students’ progression toward a degree.

In this report, Motivate Lab embarked on a new study to test the effectiveness of supporting students in community college to make connections between course material and their lives.

Learn how embedding a series of reading, writing and reflection exercises — utility-value interventions — in course curriculum can increase student motivation, boost grades and pass rates for first-generation students, and reduce withdrawal rates for all students.

Topics: Math Pathways, Faculty/Staff Supports, Student Supports

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