of the student respondents in this study. There were three students who did not answer the
question specifying the student's academic major.
The mode age of student participants was 21 years (33.6%, n=239). There were
173 respondents (24.3%) with a reported age of 20 years and 115 respondents (16.2%)
reporting an age of 22 years. There were four students who did not answer the item
regarding student age. The majority of the students were juniors (48.6%, n=345) and
seniors (41.4%, n=294). However sophomores accounted for 8.2% (n=58) of the class
and freshman accounted for 1.8% (n=13). There were six students who did not report
their college classification.
Considering the number of courses students had taken in the same subject area to
the course of which instruments were administered, 11.5% (n=81) had taken no courses,
37.2% (n=263) had taken one to two courses, 26.7% (n=189) had taken three to four
classes and 24.6% (n=174) had taken more than four courses. There were nine students
who did not answer the item regarding number of similar courses taken.
The number of problem sets assigned during a typical week for the entire group of
student respondents that had taken more than one hour to complete was a question asked
to help validate that problem solving based assignments were being used in the
classroom. It was found that 60.7% (n=432) of students had no assignments as such, but
33.8% (n=241) stated one to two problem sets during a typical week had taken more than
an hour to complete. There were 4.5% (n=32) claiming three to four problem sets
assigned during a typical week had taken more than an hour to complete and 1.0% (n=7)
stated more than five such assignments existed. There were four students who did not
answer the question regarding number of problem sets completed during a typical week.