ENHANCING QUANTITATIVE SKILLS TO IMPROVE STUDENT SUCCESS IN HISTORICAL GEOLOGY AT WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY USING THE MATH YOU NEED, WHEN YOU NEED IT (TMYN)
Of all 59 students taking the class in Fall-2012 and Spring-2013, 42% took it as a requirement for the BS Geoscience degree, 27% were non-majors who took it to satisfy the general education requirement, 19% took it as a requirement for the BS in Education in Middle Grades Preparation (MGP) degree, and 12% took it as a requirement for the BS in Education in Earth & Space Science (BSEd) degree. From pre-test to post-test, the Geoscience majors increased their average scores from 69% to 83%. Non-majors increased their average scores from 72% to 90%. MGP majors increased their average scores from 64% to 84%. BSEd majors increased their scores from 43% to 69%.Therefore students in all majors populations benefited from TMYN. BSEd majors had the biggest gain in ability (26%) but the lowest average post-test score (69%). Geoscience majors had the smallest average gain in ability (14%), and only the third-highest average post-test score (83%). Non-majors showed significant average gain in ability (18%) and had the highest average post-test score (90%).