Helping Mathematics Students Survive the Post-Calculus Transition

Every so often, I’ll publicize through this blog an interesting article that I’ve found in the mathematics or mathematics education literature that can be freely distributed to the general public. Today, I’d like to highlight Michael J. Cullinane (2011) Helping Mathematics Students Survive the Post-Calculus Transition, PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, 21:8, 669-684, DOI:10.1080/10511971003692830

Here’s the abstract:

Many mathematics students have difficulty making the transition from procedurally oriented courses such as calculus to the more conceptually oriented courses in which they subsequently enroll. What are some of the key “stumbling blocks” for students as they attempt to make this transition? How do differences in faculty expectations for students and student expectations for themselves contribute to the “transition dilemma?” What might faculty incorporate into students’ learning experiences during the transition to help students better navigate the shift from procedural to conceptual, from concrete to abstract? This article offers some lessons learned in connection with these questions.

The full article can be found here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10511971003692830

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