June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
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Factors Impacting Poor Performance in Pre CalculusEfforts to increase the STEM workforce have often focused on the K-12 area to address interestand major selection. A neglected area involves examination of the success factors for studentswho have selected a STEM major but do not arrive in the university setting with strong androbust mathematics background. Consequently, these students are at risk for failure and loss tothe STEM workforce. Many of these students are placed in pre calculus in anticipation that thiswill allow them to build their mathematics skills in preparation for success in calculus.Unfortunately, although many of these students appear to be motivated for and capable of precalculus success, they do not do well and this often results in changes of the major and loss ofSTEM career potential. Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain this issue includingthe possibility that these students have a negative attitude from missing calculus placement andas a result are not motivated. This paper will contribute to this literature by presenting the resultsfactors impacting success of STEM majors in pre calculus to more clearly highlight real fromperceived factors and to identify interventions which have high potential for success rateimprovement. The results of this paper will be of interest to mathematics and engineeringeducators who are working to improve retention and success in the first year of college.
Kauffmann, P. J., & Archava, S., & Castles, R. T., & Ries, H. L., & Sullivan, S. T., & De Urquidi, K. A. (2011, June), Factors Impacting Poor Performance in Pre-Calculus Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17983
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