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Pilgrim, Mary E.; Apkarian, Naneh; Milbourne, Hayley; O'Sullivan, Michael – PRIMUS, 2021
San Diego State University recently embarked on a major initiative to revitalize the Precalculus, Calculus 1, and Calculus 2 sequences. In addition to program features such as course coordination, a new active learning component led by graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) was added to each of the Precalculus, Calculus 1, and Calculus 2 courses, and…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Calculus, Teaching Assistants, Active Learning
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Ko, Sei Jin; Marx, David M.; Nickerson, Susan D.; Bjorkman, Katie – PRIMUS, 2020
In this paper we provide a detailed account of how to implement a peer role model (PRM) program similar to the one that we developed at San Diego State University (SDSU) to broaden participation of college women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In particular, we summarize our findings of the PRM program's best practices,…
Descriptors: Role Models, Peer Influence, College Students, Calculus
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Evans, Riley; Friedman, Jane; McGrath, Lynn; Myers, Perla; Ruiz, Amanda – PRIMUS, 2018
Although the number of bachelor's degrees in the U.S. awarded to women has gone up, engagement of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) continues to be low. This paper presents a project-based learning program, informed by education research best practices, designed to provide research experiences to female students…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Females, Active Learning, Student Projects
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Apkarian, Naneh; Bowers, Janet; O'Sullivan, Michael E.; Rasmussen, Chris – PRIMUS, 2018
This article presents a case study that details the successes and lessons learned by faculty and administrators at San Diego State University (SDSU) who are in the process of implementing a substantial improvement to the Precalculus to Calculus 2 sequence. Improvement efforts have been informed by national studies of successful programs and center…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, College Faculty
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Botts, Ryan T.; Carter, Lori; Crockett, Catherine – PRIMUS, 2018
The efforts to improve the quantitative reasoning (quantitative literacy) skills of college students in the United States have been gaining momentum in recent years. At the same time, the blended learning approach to course delivery has gained in popularity, promising better learning with flexible modalities and pace. This paper presents the…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Statistical Analysis, Comparative Analysis, Outcomes of Education
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Perez, Ismael; Bowers, Janet; Salamon, Peter – PRIMUS, 2017
Undergraduate research experiences provide excellent examples of high-impact practices. They rely on inquiry-based learning to provide important capstone experiences for the students. However, they are time-intensive for mentor faculty. In an attempt to scale up our faculty's ability to offer such experiences, we combined a number of projects into…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Participation, Mentors, Case Studies