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