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ERIC Number: EJ769639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0730-8639
Preparatory Year Program Courses as Predictors of First Calculus Course Grade
Yushau, B; Omar, M. H
Mathematics and Computer Education, v41 n2 p92-108 Spr 2007
This study investigates the effect of the preparatory year program courses on the first calculus course (Calculus I) at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). The data consists of more than 2,000 bilingual Arab university students studying in the English language, tracked over seven semesters. These students represent over 70% of all entering first year students into KFUPM degree programs. Using the software SAS 9.0, multiple regression analyses found that at KFUPM the success in a Calculus I course depends mainly on the two preparatory year mathematics courses, and their interaction. Another variable that contributed significantly in the model is the second preparatory year of English. The old mathematics placement requirement was found to produce higher predicted grades for performance in Calculus I compared to the new requirement. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia