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Program Evaluation and Undergraduate Mathematics Renewal

The Impact of Calculus Reform on Student Performance in Subsequent Courses
  • Jack Bookman
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Abstract

Educational research and research with human subjects must, by its nature, be flawed—at least in comparison with the standards set by scientific research. Program evaluation, in particular, must deal with complex and difficult-to-control situations. Therefore, conclusions from such research must be tentative and qualified. Some argue that because of this complexity and ambiguity, program evaluation is not worth doing. However, program evaluation—flawed as it is—can provide valuable insight into what a program has accomplished and what components have contributed to or impeded its success.1 This chapter will address a particular aspect of the evaluation of current calculus reform efforts, namely, the effect of calculus reform on student performance in subsequent courses. It will summarize the findings from several studies on this subject and will address the corresponding methodological difficulties.

Keywords

Program Evaluation Grade Point Average Student Performance Mathematical Association Computational Skill 
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