ERIC Number: EJ1002354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Readiness and Attitudes as Indicators for Success in College Calculus
Pyzdrowski, Laura J.; Sun, Ye; Curtis, Reagan; Miller, David; Winn, Gary; Hensel, Robin A. M.
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v11 n3 p529-554 Jun 2013
This study examined student indicators for success in entry-level college calculus. An attitude toward mathematics inventory, course performance, readiness assessment, and student interviews were used to determine characteristics and behaviors of students who succeeded in the course. In addition to student indicators, difficult topics and suggestions for improvement in the course structure were identified. While the focus of this study was on student indicators, the analyses of instructor interviews were included in order to compare their views with those of the students. The quantitative analyses showed that high school grade point average and the Calculus Readiness Assessment had positive significant correlations with course performance. The strongest positive significant correlation, however, was between attitude (Attitudes Toward Mathematics Inventory overall and confidence subscale) and course performance.
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, Mathematics Achievement, Student Attitudes, Calculus, Readiness, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Interviews, Teacher Attitudes, High School Students, Correlation
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Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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