An alternate characterisation of Developmental Mathematics students

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Conference On Research In Undergraduate Mathematics Education

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San Diego, CA


Developmental – or the antiquated “remedial” – mathematics is a large enterprise in American colleges. For the California State University (CSU) system roughly one-third of all students require developmental mathematics. Placement in these courses in the CSU is determined by a standardized test. Those who fail are required to take some campus-specific variant of developmental mathematics. This poster addresses the question, what more can be said about students enrolled in developmental mathematics programs other than they have failed an exam? An analysis of survey instrument data will be presented that shows San Jose State University developmental mathematics students are fundamentally different, undesirably so, than their non-developmental counterparts on a range of attitudinal, affective, and dispositional measures.


Mathematics and Statistics