Hello-I am a doctoral student at Pace University and an AP Calculus teacher. I am currently working on a research project for my dissertation that is focused on investigating the relationships among calculator choices in AP Calculus classes, as well as teacher beliefs that inform the decision about which calculator to use. I will be gathering information on calculator use and beliefs through a survey. The survey is designed to investigate several questions: Is there a relationship between AP scores and the type of calculator used? Is there a relationship between type of calculator used in class and frequency of use? Is there a relationship between frequency of calculator use in class and AP test scores? What are the pedagogical beliefs of teachers that affect calculator choice? What are the technological beliefs of teachers that affect calculator choice? Is there a relationship between beliefs and AP scores?
Results will only be used for educational purposes. I would appreciate your input into my study as I feel the results will help us make more informed decisions for our AP Calculus students on the type of calculator used. The more of you who participate, the more valuable my results will be for our field. Results will be shared through the AP Calculus Electronic Discussion Group upon completion of the dissertation. Information is requested from current AP teachers, as well as former AP teachers and college calculus instructors.
An informed consent form is located at the beginning of the survey. Thank you for your assistance in helping me to gather this data.