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low self concept will, more often than not, be among the
group of dropouts. A research review done by Verner and
Davis (53) revealed that thirty studies dealing with
attrition in adult education named twenty-six personal
factors which were studied in an attempt to identify
characteristics of persons who "stay-in" college. Among
the variables related to persistence were age, education,
marital status, occupation, income, and rate of social
The idea of a "dropout" personality is rejected by
Cope and Hewitt (12) in their writings. They insist that
the dropout phenomenon is a complex series of interactions
between the student and the instututional environment.
A review of available research appears to yield
inconclusive results about comparisons involving students
who are exposed to different testing strategies such as
required homework, frequent quizzing, less frequent unit
examinations, and no required work or testing prior to
midsemester or final examinations. It appears that these
testing strategies for student involvement are not related
to a posttest change in attitude toward mathematics.
Attrition rate has been studied in the broad context of
college dropouts with relatively little literature on
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Johnson, Charles W. (Charles Windle). The Association Between Testing Strategies and Performance in College Algebra, Attitude Towards Mathematics, and Attrition Rate, dissertation, May 1987; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc330880/m1/45/: accessed December 13, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .