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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Secondary Pedagogical Practices that Support Conceptual Understanding and How they Predict Performance in College Calculus

This presentation presents findings from the Factors Influencing College Success in Mathematics (FICSMath) study, which was the first national study of secondary preparation for college calculus. Freshman students in the beginning of their single variable college calculus course reported experiences from their last high school mathematics course. The amount of conceptual understanding required in their secondary precalculus or calculus course was a significant predictor of performance in their college calculus course. Five constructs were created to advance understanding of pedagogical practices that focused studentsí attention on mathematical concepts. The Connections, Problem Types, Mathematical Thinking, Applications, and Mathematics Specific Pedagogy constructs were created and analyzed to determine if they predict performance in single variable college calculus. Only the Mathematical Thinking construct positively predicted performance in college calculus. The other constructs may provide insight into the high school mathematics to college calculus divide.

Presenter: Carol Henderson Wade (Faculty)
Topic: Education and Human Development
Location: 215 Hartwell
Time: 11:05 am (Session II)
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