Student Learning Problems
Although the primary emphasis of most developmental mathematics courses is to address math skills that are pre-requisite to college mathematics, there are other constructs in addition to lack of pre-requisite math skills, that often interfere with a student's ability to learn mathematics.
The following constructs have been identified by the Student Learning Problems Subcommittee of the Developmental Mathematics Committee of AMATYC as those which often interfere with mathematics learning:
- Math Anxiety
- Lack of Study Skills
- Lack of Critical Thinking Skills
- Lack of Time Management Skills
- Learning Disabilities
- Physical Disabilities that Impact Learning
- Lack of Facility with Standard English
- Time Lapse in the Formal Study of Mathematics
- Personal Problems
Since one of the goals of a developmental mathematics program should be to improve a student's ability to learn mathematics, constructs which interfere with learning should be addressed.
Therefore, the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges recommends that those constructs which have been identified as interfering with mathematics learning be addressed by institutions which offer developmental mathematics courses.
Developmental Mathematics Committee, Adopted Fall 1994, Revised February 2007