PSU Mark
Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

For more information about this meeting, contact Mary Anne Raymond.

Title:Issues of The Transition to College Mathematics
Seminar:Teaching Seminar
Speaker:David Bressoud, MAA
Abstract:
Over the past quarter century, 2- and 4-year college enrollment in first semester calculus has remained constant while high school enrollment in calculus has grown tenfold, from 60,000 to 600,000, and continues to grow at 6% per year. We have passed the cross-over point where each year more students study first semester calculus in US high schools than in all 2- and 4-year colleges and universities in the United States. In theory, this should be an engine for directing more students toward careers in science, engineering, and mathematics. In fact, it is having the opposite effect. This talk will present what is known about the effects of this growth and what needs to happen in response within our high schools and universities.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB114
Date:03 / 17 / 2011
Time:11:30am - 01:00pm