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Redesigning the calculus sequence at a research university: issues, implementation, and objectives. (English)
Int. J. Math. Educ. Sci. Technol. 31, No. 1, 71-82 (2000).
The paper discusses the progress and challenges of a new reformed calculus sequence for science, engineering, and mathematics students developed by the Institute of Technology Centre for Educational Programs and School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota. The main objective of the Initiative is to enable undergraduates to better learn calculus and the critical thinking skills necessary to apply it in a variety of science and engineering problems. Changes in content and pedagogy are emphasized, including instructional teamwork and student-centred learning, involving students working cooperatively in small groups and exploring mathematical ideas using appropriate technologies. Achievement and retention of Initiative students are compared with a control group from the standard calculus sequence. Student attitudes about the usefulness of the Initiative’s curriculum, pedagogy, and its influence on learning are discussed. Future implications including new uses of distributed learning are also addressed. (Orig.)
Classification: I15
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