Math Education Colloquium

Event information
Venue:AHC5 201/203

Colloquium Information:

Dr. Chis Rasmussen, Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education, San Diego State University, will be presenting "Findings from a National Study of Calculus I Programs."

Friday, November 13, 2015
3:00 – 4:30 PM
AHC 5 201/203

Abstract: In this talk I present findings from an MAA study of Calculus I programs, which included both a national survey and case study analyses at institutions identified as having a more successful calculus program. Based on survey results I first present characteristics of STEM intending students who begin their post-secondary studies with Calculus I and either persist or switch out of the calculus sequence, and hence either remain or leave the STEM pipeline.

I will then present case findings from five doctoral degree-granting institutions, including technical universities and medium to large public institutions. Understanding the features that characterize exemplary calculus programs at doctoral degree granting institutions is particularly important because the vast majority of STEM graduates come from such institutions. Analysis of over 95 hours of interviews with faculty, administrators and students reveals seven different programmatic and structural features that are common across the five institutions. A community of practice and a social-academic integrations perspective are used to illuminate why and how these seven features contribute to successful calculus programs.

Refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by the STEM Transformation Institute and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics