ERIC Number: ED156207
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Teaching a Survey of Mathematics for College Students Using a Programming Language.
LeCuyer, Edward J., Jr.
Using a textbook entitled "A Survey of Mathematics for College Students Using a Programming Language," an exploratory study was conducted to investigate the effectiveness of using APL and the computer in teaching a survey of mathematics course. The course was taught in two sections: one section was taught using APL, access to a computer terminal, and the above mentioned textbook; the other was taught the same topics using a textbook with comparable content but without APL or the computer. There was no significant difference between the performances of the two sections on a math aptitude pretest or any of the course's exams, including the final exam. Implications of the study include the following: (1) students with no previous background in computer languages or computer usage can be taught APL along with mathematics; (2) students have at least as good an understanding of the concepts of mathematics when they learn using APL as they do when they learn using the conventional way; and (3) in addition to learning at least as much mathematics as non-APL students, APL students learned valuable programming skills and computer concepts. General recommendations and specific suggestions are offered for teachers of survey of mathematics for the integration of computer science instruction in their courses. (CMV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Western New England College MA
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Computers in the Undergraduate Curricula (East Lansing, Michigan, June 20-22, 1977); For entire proceedings, see IR 006 142