ERIC Number: ED408180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
A Community Approach to Learning Calculus: Fostering Success for Underrepresented Ethnic Minorities in an Emerging Scholars Program.
Millar, Susan B.; And Others
The failure to successfully complete gateway calculus courses often prevents ethnic minority students from pursuing science and engineering majors. Research suggests that this failure to succeed is caused more by social factors than by attributes related to ability. This article presents the findings of an evaluation study done of the Wisconsin Emerging Scholars Program, a non-remedial, multicultural workshop approach to learning calculus. Through its emphasis on community and collaboration, it is more culturally relevant and designed to foster substantial participation from underrepresented ethnic minority groups. The Wisconsin Emerging Scholars Program also helps to alleviate the problems of isolation and lack of support that can occur at universities. When the program is implemented optimally, a community of confident calculus learners who outperform traditional students academically emerged. Contains 24 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Black Students, Calculus, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Higher Education, Honors Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Minority Groups, Program Evaluation, School Community Relationship
LEAD Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1402 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Coll. of Letters and Science.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin