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ERIC Number: EJ1030752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0020-739X
Exposing Calculus Students to Advanced Mathematics
Griffiths, Barry J.; Haciomeroglu, Erhan Selcuk
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v45 n5 p693-702 2014
To ensure the competitiveness of the USA in the global economy, and its role as a leader in science and engineering, it is important to cultivate the next generation of home grown mathematicians. However, while universities across the USA offer calculus classes to thousands of undergraduate students each year, very few of them go on to major in mathematics. This paper posits that one of the main reasons is that the mathematical community does not expose calculus students to the beauty and complexity of upper-level mathematics, and that by doing so before they fully commit to their programme of study, the number of students with a qualification in mathematics can be increased. The results show a significant increase in the number of students planning to add a minor in mathematics, and an increased likelihood among freshmen and sophomores to change their major.
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Language: English
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