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Wilks, Marla – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2020

The study examines the effectiveness of adaptive learning technology as a supplemental component in online precalculus courses using data from vendor software and a public university system in the southeastern United States. Outcomes examined include final exam score and course completion with a passing grade. The results highlight that not all…

Descriptors: Online Courses, Outcomes of Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Computer Assisted Instruction

Cooper, Thomas; Bailey, Brad; Briggs, Karen; Holliday, John – PRIMUS, 2017

The authors have completed a 2-year quasi-experimental study on the use of inquiry-based learning (IBL) in precalculus. This study included six traditional lecture-style courses and seven modified Moore method courses taught by three instructors. Both quantitative and qualitative analyses were used to investigate the attitudes and beliefs of the…

Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Quasiexperimental Design, Inquiry, Teaching Methods

Lopez-Boada, Roberto; Daire, Sandra Arguelles – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

This article examines the attitudes of some precalculus students to solve trigonometric and logarithmic equations and systems using the concepts of elementary algebra. With the goal of enticing the students to search for and use connections among mathematical topics, they are asked to solve equations or systems specifically designed to allow…

Descriptors: Algebra, Calculus, Mathematical Concepts, Equations (Mathematics)

Van Dyken, Jennifer; Benson, Lisa – International Journal of Research in Education and Science, 2019

Few college students wanting to major in an engineering discipline who begin in precalculus actually complete an undergraduate engineering degree program. One reason for this is students struggle through calculus I and II, known barrier courses for engineering majors. This research utilizes frameworks of future time perspective (FTP) and…

Descriptors: Calculus, Engineering Education, Majors (Students), Student Experience

Townsley, Lisa – PRIMUS, 2016

We describe recent attempts by the University System of Georgia to develop and pilot a system-wide online Precalculus course for credit. The course was based on full online delivery, using an emporium model for learning. We experienced moderate success with the course, with a completion rate of 61-76% compared with the 4-7% for Massive Open Online…

Descriptors: Calculus, Online Courses, College Mathematics, Academic Persistence

Rasmussen, Chris; Apkarian, Naneh; Hagman, Jessica Ellis; Johnson, Estrella; Larsen, Sean; Bressoud, David – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2019

The authors present findings from a recently completed census survey of all mathematics departments in the United States that offer a graduate degree in mathematics. The authors report the viewpoints of departments about characteristics shown to support students' success as well as the extent to which these characteristics are being implemented in…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Calculus, Departments, College Programs

Phipps, Michelle McCloud – ProQuest LLC, 2018

The purpose of this study was to determine if students scored significantly higher on the ACT after taking precalculus than they had scored on the ACT prior to taking precalculus. The researcher investigated whether there is an increase, not only in ACT composite scores, but also in ACT math subtest scores after high school students completed a…

Descriptors: Calculus, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, High Schools

Karadeniz, Ilyas; Thompson, Denisse R. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

Graphing calculators are hand-held technological tools currently used in mathematics classrooms. Teachers' perspectives on using graphing calculators are important in terms of exploring what teachers think about using such technology in advanced mathematics courses, particularly precalculus courses. A descriptive intrinsic case study was conducted…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Graphing Calculators, Teacher Attitudes, Mathematics Teachers

Wakefield, Nathan; Champion, Joe; Bolkema, Jessalyn; Dailey, Douglas – International Journal of Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, 2018

The purpose of this study was to investigate implementation of an early intervention mastery activity during the first two weeks of college algebra and precalculus courses at a large U.S. public university. Statistical modeling of (N = 935) students' performance in the courses, including a logistic regression model of pass/fail course achievement…

Descriptors: Algebra, Calculus, Mastery Learning, Mathematics Instruction

Madison, Bernard L.; Carlson, Marilyn; Oehrtman, Michael; Tallman, Michael – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

Research over the past few decades points to ways precalculus and calculus courses can be strengthened to improve student learning in these courses. This research has informed the development of the Algebra and Precalculus Concept Readiness (APCR) and the Calculus Concept Readiness (CCR) assessments. In this article, the authors present three…

Descriptors: Calculus, Statistical Analysis, Thinking Skills, Task Analysis

Davis, Tara C.; Lu', Hùng – PRIMUS, 2015

This paper describes the results of a two-semester-long study of the effects of student-centered instruction on Precalculus courses. We also describe our teaching approaches centering around students, which include a mixture of lectures, student presentations, group work, discussion, and guided investigations. Students were taught with either the…

Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Learner Controlled Instruction, Teaching Methods

Roepke, Tena L.; Gallagher, Debra K. – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

Mathematics preservice teachers often complain vehemently about their required content-area reading courses. They ask such questions as, "Why do I have to worry about literacy when I'm going to be a mathematics teacher?" or "How will this ever help me in my mathematics classes?" or "When will I ever have time for…

Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Content Area Reading, Literacy

Ayebo, Abraham; Ukkelberg, Sarah; Assuah, Charles – International Journal of Research in Education and Science, 2017

Calculus at the college level has significant potential to serve as a pump for increasing the number of students majoring in STEM fields. It is a foundation course for all STEM majors and, if mastered well, should provide students with a positive and successful first-year experience and gateway into more advanced courses. Studies have shown that a…

Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Mathematics Education, Calculus, Secondary School Mathematics

Bowling, Stacey – ProQuest LLC, 2014

Past research has shown that students have difficulty developing a robust conception of function. However, little prior research has been performed dealing with student knowledge of function composition, a potentially powerful mathematical concept. This dissertation reports the results of an investigation into student understanding and use of…

Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Semi Structured Interviews, Calculus, Mathematical Logic

Arnold, Bruce; Kracht, Brenda; Ross, Judy; Teegarden, Terrie; Tompkins, Maurice – Cal-PASS (NJ1), 2012

In the deconstruction of the California state standards for trigonometry, linear algebra and mathematical analysis for the Cal-PASS (California Partnership for Achieving Student Success) Content Standards Deconstruction projects, it became apparent that terms were used for which no definition was given. The San Diego Central Cal-PASS Math…

Descriptors: State Standards, Algebra, Calculus, Glossaries