ERIC Number: ED389556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
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Relationships between Understandings of Operations and Success in Beginning Calculus.
Pence, Barbara J.
In an effort to examine the impact of the changes being made at San Jose State University (California) in the calculus curriculum, multiple measures were collected and analyzed. This study focuses on the relationship between performance on a pretest and the class grade. Through written responses on the pretest, a belief and knowledge profile for each student was constructed. Students were grouped according to their answers on an item which asked them to graph 2, x, x squared, and 2 to the x power. Profiles of student perceptions and knowledge were consistent within groups and varied across groups. Results showed that the concept of multiplication was not well understood and was closely related to success in first semester calculus. Multiplication was itself still a process, and in some cases, this process produced multiple concept images within cognitive neighborhoods. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Reform Efforts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (17th, Columbus, OH, October 21-24, 1995). For entire conference proceedings, see SE 057 177.