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ERIC Number: EJ811017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
A Predictor-Corrector Process with Refinement for First-Year Calculus Transition Support
Turner, Peter R.
PRIMUS, v18 n4 p370-393 Jul 2008
In this article we discuss an approach to the critical problem of student retention and the high school-college transition. The context of the discussion is centered on science and engineering students for whom calculus in the first year in college is an essential requirement for on-time graduation. This transition/retention problem has become increasingly critical in light of the much publicized perception that proportionally fewer students arrive in college ready to undertake a serious college calculus course. The article describes the overall approach to this problem adopted at Clarkson University, and then concentrates on one particular aspect: our pre-first year diagnostic testing and summer programs. While these do not represent a complete answer, the statistics support the belief that they have significant positive impact, especially among those students identified as having the greatest need of such reinforcement. (Contains 9 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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