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PHASE ONE: Beasley, Downes, and Gunderson - Flagler College Students and Required Summer/Winter Read Spring 2019
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PHASE ONE:

Introduction:

The purpose of this study is to explore the reading habits of students at Flagler College.  In particular, This report seeks to identify the treatment of a “common” book and whether or not students felt it prepared them academically.

Data Collection:

In this phase of the project, descriptive statistics will be used to describe the data of students surveyed. One hundred fifty MAT 223 students were surveyed from Flagler College, thus the sample may not be representative of the entire population of Flagler College. Additionally, because the data was self-reported, a measurement bias will most likely exist in this data set.

Survey Questions:

 

  1. What gender do you identify with?

  2. How old are you?

  3. Approximately how many colleges did you apply to?

  4. Did you enter Flagler College as a freshman or a transfer student?

  5. How many credit hours did you transfer in to Flagler College (include AP and dual enrollment credit)?

  6. All incoming students are sent the required summer (or winter) reading assignment prior to their first semester at Flagler College.  Did you read the common book or article prior to coming to campus?

  7. Do you think that a common reading assignment gives incoming students something extra to talk about, a common ground that they may not otherwise have?

  8. Do you think the academic sessions you attended truly focused on the common reading assignment?

  9. Do you think that all students (not just incoming students) on campus should be included in the common reading assignment prior to the beginning of each academic semester?

  10. Do you think the common reading assignment should involve some type of written assessment?


Sample Data - Graphs and Summary Statistics

 

Demographics:

In this survey of 150 MAT 223 students, 75.33% identified as female, whereas 24.67% identified as male. The majority of students are females. Thus, the modal response is females.

 

 

The distribution of ages is shown below. This data is unimodal and right skewed with a potential outlier at 35 years of age. Since the data is right-skewed, the best measure is the median at 18.5 years old, and the IQR of 1 year. Therefore, the typical age of students surveyed was 18.5 years of age, with majority of the responses being in between 1 and 18.5 years of age.  

 

 


Thirty-six students stated they applied to only one college, resulting in this answer being the modal response. This data spread is unimodal, with a skew to the right. It is important to note that 5 students reported 0 colleges, which is simply illogical because they are in Flagler College. Additionally, there is a potential outlier at 25 and 50 colleges. Overall, this data has a relatively low variability.

 

 


The data shows that 80% students came in as a freshman, with the other 20% coming in as transfer students. This data could also be presented in a pie chart, but either chart presents the data in an easy to read manner.

 


The majority of students reported transferring in 0-10 credits, with 81 responses out of 150. However, because the data is skewed right, it is best to use the median and IQR to analyze this data. The median amount of credits is 9, and because the IQR, most of the data lies between 0-24 credits.

 

 


Nearly half of the respondents stated that they read the assigned reading thoroughly. This was self reported, so it is important to note the potential bias that these responses may have.

 


In addition to the majority of students actually reading the assignment, most agreed that it provides a common ground for students to have something to talk about. 54.7% reported that they think an assigned reading gives students a platform to start a conversation.

 


Contrastingly, however, 59% of students did not find the academic sessions associated with the common reading helpful. Although the majority of responses not only stated that they read the reading thoroughly, but also that they felt it inspired conversation. Thus, it is unexpected that students would have a majority response of “no” in regards to the academic sessions.

 


Also interestingly, students overwhelmingly responded “no” to having all students be assigned a common reading. This is a direct contrast to the responses to result #9, where students felt a common reading was helpful with conversation. Nearly 75% of students do not think all students should be included in the common reading assignment.

 


Again, there was a majority response to this question. Almost 90% of students do not think the common reading should have a written assignment. 113 out of 150 students selected this answer, with only 17 out of 150 selecting no.

 

 

 

 


Result 1: Gender of Students Surveyed   [Info]
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Result 2: Age of Students Surveyed in Spring 2019   [Info]
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Result 3: Summary Statistics of Age of Students   [Info]

Summary statistics:


ColumnnMeanVarianceStd. dev.Std. err.MedianRangeMinMaxQ1Q3
Age15019.0333334.2874722.07062120.1690655118.52116371819

Result 4: Number of Colleges Applied To   [Info]
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Result 5: Relative Frequency of Entrance Level of Students Surveyed   [Info]
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Result 6: Number of Credits Transferred for Students Surveyed   [Info]
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Result 7: Summary Statistics for Number of Credits Transferred   [Info]

Summary statistics:


ColumnnMeanVarianceStd. dev.Std. err.MedianRangeMinMaxQ1Q3
Transferred Credits15015.51398.7129919.9677991.6303639975075024

Result 8: Treatment of Assigned Reading by Students Surveyed   [Info]
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Result 9: Percent of Students Who Reported Yes or No to Common Ground   [Info]
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Result 10: Were Academic Sessions Focused on Common Reading   [Info]
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Result 11: Should All Students Have the Common Reading   [Info]
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Result 12: Should There Be a Written Assignment   [Info]
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Result 13: Summary Statistics of Number of Colleges Applied To   [Info]

Summary statistics:


ColumnnMeanVarianceStd. dev.Std. err.MedianRangeMinMaxQ1Q3
Transferred Credits15015.51398.7129919.9677991.6303639975075024

Data set 1. Beasley, Downes, and Gunderson - Flagler College S   [Info]
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