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Turner, Dusty; Pleuss, James; Collins, Christopher – PRIMUS, 2021
In the continual pursuit of classroom learning effectiveness, researchers and educators aim to develop strategies that improve student performance and learning. One such strategy is to create academically homogeneous environments where students are grouped into classes based on their preconceived academic ability. The research team tests this…
Descriptors: Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Undergraduate Study, Ability Grouping, College Mathematics
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Bertrand, Elliott; McArdle, David T.; Thoma, Lubos; Wu, Li – PRIMUS, 2021
The percentage of college students receiving unproductive grades in introductory mathematics courses is a concern for post-secondary institutions across the country. Many factors can be targeted as potential explanations for this lack of success, yet none of these issues are more noteworthy than the fact that many students enter college…
Descriptors: College Students, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Mathematics Skills
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Childers, Annie Burns; Lu, Lianfang; Hairston, Joshua; Squires, Timothy – PRIMUS, 2021
This paper reports on mathematics remediation efforts at a public 4-year institution. Specifically, it describes redesign efforts that led to the implementation of co-requisite mathematics remediation. Data on this program were collected and analyzed with respect to completion rates, length of time to earn college mathematics credit, and factors…
Descriptors: Remedial Mathematics, College Students, Program Effectiveness, College Mathematics
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Villalobos, Cristina; Kim, Hyung Won; Huber, Timothy J.; Knobel, Roger; Setayesh, Shaghayegh; Sasidharan, Lekshmi; Galstyan, Anahit; Balogh, Andras – PRIMUS, 2021
Research indicates multi-section coordination improves the academic performance of students in STEM education. This paper describes the process of coordination in Precalculus, Calculus 1, and Calculus 2 courses undertaken by a large department that grew from the merger of two institutions through a pilot program and a project grant. Components…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Calculus, Success, Mathematics Achievement
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McClendon, David M.; Weller, Kirk; Trouba, Jerome; Brigance, Sandra; Dekker, Michael – PRIMUS, 2021
In this paper, we describe the evolution of calculus instruction at a mid-sized, career-oriented, comprehensive public university. Changes in practice, that began with a single faculty member implementing technology as a tool for student inquiry, have spread to other department faculty via support from an internal grant, workshops, and the use of…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Educational Change, Calculus
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Mingus, Tabitha T. Y.; Koelling, Melinda – PRIMUS, 2021
Faced with students failing to complete Calculus 1 at rates of almost 50%, the Department of Mathematics at Western Michigan University addressed the lack of progression of STEM majors through this gateway course and, thus, through their intended majors. In this case study, we describe the four-year process of redesigning our single variable…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Calculus, Mathematics Achievement, Introductory Courses
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Bazett, Trefor; Clough, Crystal L. – PRIMUS, 2021
Our department has experienced a significant culture transformation in its approach to teaching. This change is primarily the result of sustained focus on reforming two heavily coordinated sequences, Applied Calculus and Calculus. Initially catalyzed by pilot projects introducing a flipped-class format to these courses, the reforms led to broader…
Descriptors: Coordination, Educational Change, College Mathematics, Departments
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Diamond, Kate; Kandola, Shelley; Weimerskirch, Mike – PRIMUS, 2021
Historically, math education at the high school and introductory college levels has focused on computational skills. With the advancement of computational technologies, problemsolving and other higher-order thinking skills should become the focal point. This article discusses ways in which the University of Minnesota has integrated problem-solving…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Skill Development, Active Learning, Calculus
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Chamberlain, D.; Grady, A.; Keeran, S.; Knudson, K.; Manly, I.; Shabazz, M.; Stone, C.; York, A. – PRIMUS, 2021
In this note, we describe a large-scale transition to an active learning format in first-semester calculus at the University of Florida. Student performance and attitudes are compared across traditional lecture and flipped sections.
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Calculus, Active Learning, College Freshmen
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Hancock, Emilie; Franco, Lorraine; Bagley, Spencer; Karakok, Gulden – PRIMUS, 2021
As calculus instruction moves further from lecture-based instruction toward student-centered pedagogy, support services must align with the changing goals for the course. This paper describes the work of a department as they collectively design and redesign a co-requisite Calculus I course, in an effort to better promote students' academic and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Social Integration
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Henriksen, Mel – PRIMUS, 2021
Reflections are presented on the first time flipping of an introductory Ordinary Differential Equations course. Assessment results, student motivation, and student attitudes are compared between flipped and traditional learning pedagogies in this course over two terms at a small technical university in the northeast United States. Assessments and…
Descriptors: Reflection, Flipped Classroom, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction
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DiGregorio, G.; Hagman, J. Ellis – PRIMUS, 2021
As higher education institutions focus on increasing mathematics success, it is important to consider the experiences and needs of structurally disadvantaged identities. In this article, an asset-based framework was used to examine how eight first-generation, low-income, Students of Color perceive their mathematics placement experience. Although…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Mathematics Instruction, Disadvantaged, Self Concept
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Yao, Guangming; Black, Kelly; Ramsdell, Michael; Skufca, Joseph – PRIMUS, 2020
Improving student success rates in introductory calculus and physics courses is critically important for our students' path in STEM fields. Many of the students who have an intuitive understanding of physics fail calculus and are pushed to delay or drop their majors in technical fields. One way of addressing this issue is by adopting a program…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Undergraduate Students, Success, Mathematics Achievement
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Bagley, Spencer – PRIMUS, 2020
The flipped classroom model interchanges the roles of in-class and out-of-class time to allow students more time to engage with cognitively demanding tasks when expert help from their instructor is more available. An extensive body of literature supports the effectiveness of this model. In contrast, I present a case study of a less-successful…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Homework, Video Technology
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Boyce, Steven; O'Halloran, Joyce – PRIMUS, 2020
We describe the process of adjusting the balance between computer-based learning and peer interaction in a college algebra course. In our first experimental class, students used the adaptive-learning program ALEKS within an emporium-style format. Comparing student performance in the emporium format class with that in a traditional lecture format…
Descriptors: Active Learning, College Students, Algebra, Mathematics Instruction
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