ERIC Number: ED336090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Functions and Statistics with Computers at the College Level.
Hollowell, Kathleen A.; Duch, Barbara J.
An experimental college level course, Functions and Statistics with Computers, was designed using the textbook "Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry with Computers" developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project. Students in the experimental course were compared with students in the traditional course based on attitude toward and achievement in mathematics. Experimental course students showed a significant gain in confidence about learning and performing well in mathematics. Final grade distributions for the experimental and traditional courses were similar, although experimental course students entered the course with somewhat weaker mathematical backgrounds. On a course evaluation questionnaire, students in the experimental course reported that computer laboratory activities helped them understand course material. Based on an analysis of the attitude, achievement, and course evaluation data, the traditional course was modified to deemphasize algebraic manipulation, emphasize modeling and applications, and include computer laboratory activities. The questionnaire is appended. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).