MAA Conference on Precalculus to Calculus: Insights & Innovations
Workshop on Curriculum, Instruction, and Placement In Algebra and Precalculus
Location: University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota, June 16–20, 2016
This conference, June 16–19, will share the insights gained from the MAA studies of calculus instruction, highlight some of the many innovations now underway around the country, and facilitate networking of peer institutions that are seeking to improve student success in precalculus and calculus. It will be followed by a workshop, June 19–20, on Curriculum, Instruction, and Placement in College Algebra and Precalculus, a chance to learn from the MAA’s project NSF project Using Research to Shape Instruction and Placement in Algebra and Precalculus
Insights and Recommendations from the MAA National Study of College Calculus (2015), edited by David Bressoud, Vilma Mesa, and Chris Rasmussen. This summary of results from the NSF-sponsored project, Characteristics of Successful Programs in College Calculus, is available for free download as a PDF file.
Characteristics of Successful Programs in College Calculus
Beginning in 2009, the MAA, with support from the National Science Foundation, has undertaken a series of studies of college calculus. The first of these was Characteristics of Successful Programs in College Calculus (CSPCC, NSF DRL #0910240) which undertook a national survey of Calculus I instruction and conducted multi-day case study visits to 20 colleges and universities with interesting and, in most cases, successful calculus programs.
Progress through Calculus
The second project, begun in 2015, is Progress through Calculus (PtC, NSF DUE #1430540). This project broadens our study to the entire Precalculus through Calculus II sequence while focusing on cataloging the efforts currently underway to improve student success through this sequence and documenting what does and does not work in the actual implementation of these efforts.
Current and Former Principal Investigators and Senior Personnel:
Linda Braddy (MAA)
David Bressoud (Macalester College)
Marilyn Carlson (Arizona State University)
Jessica Ellis (Colorado State University)
Eric Hsu (San Francisco State University)
Estrella Johnson (Virginia Polytechnic Institute)
Sean Larsen (Portland State University)
Vilma Mesa (University of Michigan)
Michael Pearson (MAA)
Chris Rasmussen (San Diego State University)
For more information, please contact Olga Dixon, MAA Project Administrator, 202-319-8498, firstname.lastname@example.org, Linda Braddy, Deputy Executive Director for Programs and Services, 202-387-5200, email@example.com, or David Bressoud, Project Director, 651-696-6559, firstname.lastname@example.org.