Studying mathematics in high school and college: Summer bridge program student beliefs

Sandra B. Nite, Robert M. Capraro, Ali Bicer, Jim Morgan

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Abstract

Prospective engineering students often have difficulty with study expectations when transitioning from high school to college. Mathematics is particularly challenging for those who have been successful in high school without needing to study. Engineering mathematics college courses tend to cover twice the volume of material in 60% of the class time of high school mathematics courses. Thus, the need for outside study time is increased drastically, and the time to absorb and practice concepts and skills is reduced. Surveys from students in a summer precalculus program revealed that they understood that their strategies for success in mathematics should change as they transitioned to college. However, they often failed to begin the change while participating in the summer program designed to increase their algebra and precalculus skills in preparation for engineering calculus. The research questions for this study are: 1) For prospective engineering students in a summer precalculus bridge program, how did their expectations of college mathematics study compare with their expectations of high school mathematics study? 2) How well do prospective engineering students in a summer precalculus bridge program begin to change their study habits in preparation for engineering college mathematics?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference Proceedings
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages1-5
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509059195
ISBN (Print)9781509049202
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2017
Event47th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference: FIE 2017 - Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, Indianapolis, United States
Duration: 18 Oct 201721 Oct 2017
http://fie2017.org/ (Conference website)
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/mostRecentIssue.jsp?punumber=8124740 (Conference proceedings)

Conference

Conference47th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference
Abbreviated titleEducating our Future, Honoring our History
CountryUnited States
CityIndianapolis
Period18/10/1721/10/17
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    Nite, S. B., Capraro, R. M., Bicer, A., & Morgan, J. (2017). Studying mathematics in high school and college: Summer bridge program student beliefs. In 2017 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference Proceedings (pp. 1-5). IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2017.8190488