Orlando Meetings: Presentation Summary

Back to Orlando: Calculus Reform

This is the summary of a presentation given at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, January 10-13, 1996, Orlando, Florida.

Process of calculus reform at UNCA:
Students, faculty, administration, grants

The mathematics department at UNCA is reforming the teaching method and the content of its three semester calculus sequence. There are two motivations driving this reform --- a low retention rate (particularly in Calculus I) and the ``successful" calculus students' lack of understanding of fundamental calculus concepts. Thus our goals are increasing students' understanding of limits, derivatives and integrals and increasing retention in Calculus I. We are integrating computer lab explorations with instructor led lectures and student led discussions while emphasizing applications which illustrate and reinforce the fundamental calculus concepts. This talk will describe the steps taken and the lessons learned in our reform efforts thus far: i) small scale experiment, ii) successful NSF-ILI grant proposal, iii) computer classroom renovation, iv) submitting NSF-CCD grant proposal.

Sherry L. Gale, University of North Carolina, Asheville

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