ERIC Number: ED389559
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Impact of Calculus Reform in a Liberal Arts Calculus Course.
Brosnan, Patricia A.; Ralley, Thomas G.
This report describes the changes in a freshman-level calculus course that occurred as a consequence of adopting the Harvard Consortium Calculus text. The perspective is that of the lecturer. The course is intended as an introduction to calculus for liberal arts students, that is, students who will not be expected to use calculus as a mathematical tool in their area of major study. The perceptions of the instructor about global changes that occurred in the course include that learning was different, the material was appropriate to students' needs and level of sophistication, students came away with different attitudes about mathematics, the use of the graphing calculator opened up new ways of understanding and representing mathematics, the use of cooperative groups is an important technique in promoting student involvement in learning, and the increased use of writing was critical to students' learning conceptually rather than mechanically. (MKR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Harvard Consortium Calculus; Reform Efforts; Teacher Change
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.