education research, mathematics education, quantitative literacy, quantitative reasoning, numeracy
This essay argues that the structure of course prerequisites affects retention of students in a course of study. The same argument suggests that the structure of degree requirements, including quantitative reasoning courses, affects retention in college. In particular, the same set of courses required in a rigid sequence will cause more students to exit the program early than if the same courses were offered in a flexible order.
Wallace, Dorothy. "Parts of the Whole: The Educational Sieve." Numeracy 6, Iss. 2 (2013): Article 13. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5038/1936-46184.108.40.206
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