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Features of successful calculus programs at five doctoral degree granting institutions. (English)
Nicol, Cynthia (ed.) et al., Proceedings of the 38th conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education “Mathematics education at the edge", PME 38 held jointly with the 36th conference of PME-NA, Vancouver, Canada, July 15‒20, 2014, Vol. 5. [s. l.]: International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (ISBN 978-0-86491-360-9/set; 978-0-86491-365-4/v.5). 33-40 (2014).
Summary: We present findings from case study analyses at five exemplary calculus programs at US institutions that offer a doctoral degree in mathematics. Understanding the features that characterize exemplary calculus programs at doctoral degree granting institutions is particularly important because the vast majority of STEM graduates come from such institutions. Analysis of over 95 hours of interviews with faculty, administrators and students reveals seven different programmatic and structural features that are common across the five institutions. A community of practice and a social-academic integrations perspective are used to illuminate why and how these seven features contribute to successful calculus programs.
Classification: D35 B40
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