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Self-beliefs of Success for College Calculus Students

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Mathematics Division Technical Session 4: Assessing Success in Mathematics Education

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Rebecca Ann George University of Houston

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Rebecca is an Instructional Associate Professor at the University of Houston in the Mathematics Department. She have been at UH for 13 years as an instructor. Prior to teaching at the University, she taught secondary mathematics and computer science for 20 years. She is involved with the local high school calculus teachers and organizes free workshops and creates free learning materials for these teachers. Rebecca's primary research focus is student success in STEM courses.

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Weihua Fan University of Houston

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Dr. Weihua Fan is an associate professor in the Department of Psychological, Health and Learning Sciences, University of Houston, Texas. She obtained her PH.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park, Department of Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation. Her research interests are latent trait models and their applications on educational, health and psychological issues. She has published articles in Assessment, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Journal of Experimental Education, Educational Psychology and Multivariate Behavioral Research.

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Daijiazi Tang University of Houston

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Daijiazi Tang is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Psychological, Health and Learning Sciences, University of Houston, Texas. She is interested in exploring academic motivation and achievement emotions in relation to academic performance, academic behavior, and academic intentions in STEM education. Her proposals have accepted by the American Psychological Association conference and Association for Psychological Science convention.

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Calculus is often viewed as one of the gateway courses for STEM majors. It is important for STEM educators to understand not only what demographic and prior academic factors contribute to the success of students taking this course, but also the students' perception of their own academic capabilities. In this paper we will present findings from a survey of over 200 calculus 1 students at a large research-intensive university. The survey included questions on academic self-efficacy, academic engagement, learning climate, class enjoyment, anxiety, and other emotional factors.

In analyzing the survey results, significant differences were found among students enrolled in different colleges at the university. Specifically, students who studied at college of technology, college of natural science and math, college of engineering, or other colleges demonstrated significantly different expectations on their success in calculus. The survey results also indicated an interaction effect of students’ grade level of the association between the colleges they are in and their expectation of their final score in the course.

George, R. A., & Fan, W., & Tang, D. (2020, June), Self-beliefs of Success for College Calculus Students Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35182

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