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ERIC Number: EJ1180559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2198-9745
Beyond Plug and Chug: An Analysis of Calculus I Homework
Ellis, Jessica; Hanson, Kady; Nuñez, Gina; Rasmussen, Chris
International Journal of Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, v1 n2 p268-287 Jul 2015
We investigate the nature of Calculus I homework at five PhD-granting universities identified as having a relatively successful Calculus I program and compare features of homework at these universities to comparable universities that were not selected as having a successful program. Mixed method analyses point to three aspects of homework that arose as important: structure, content, and feedback. Selected universities employed more varied homework structure, included more content emphasizing skills as well as solving novel problems, and provided higher amounts of and frequency of feedback to students. Students felt positively towards conceptually driven homework, but their feelings were mixed or negative regarding the logistical aspects of online and group homework assignments. We draw on Herbst and Chazan's ("ZDM--The International Journal on Mathematics Education," "44"(5), 601-612, 2012) adaptation of the instructional triangle and Brousseau's (1997) notion of the didactical contract to make sense of how homework is understood as an instructional resource by instructors and by students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: DRL0910240