The Association Between Testing Strategies and Performance in College Algebra, Attitude Towards Mathematics, and Attrition Rate Page: 1
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Teaching college algebra usually involves the lecture-
problem-solving method of instruction. Students spend most
of their time working on problems related to material
covered in class and read from a textbook. A major concern
involved in this teaching process is the plan, method, or
system incorporated to test and present feedback to the
Various testing strategies have been used ranging from
only giving a midterm and final examination to including
several chapter tests or collecting and grading daily
homework, or just giving weekly quizzes (10, 30). The
diversity of possible testing strategies in college algebra
courses seems to justify additional research to detect any
significant differences in the interpretation of these
Gaynor and Millham (10) as well as Semb (23), Williams
and Lawrence (31), and Dustin (8) found that students who
were given weekly tests scored significantly higher on a
final examination than did those who only had a midterm
examination. A study done by Born (4) found no differences
on final examination scores for students tested frequently
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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. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc330880/m1/9/: accessed May 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .