## What Students Think About A Consortium's Approach
Calculus I Class

**Kathleen Cage Mittag**

University of Texas at San Antonio

Phone: 210-458-5851

e-mail: kmittag@lonestar.jpl.utsa.edu
**ABSTRACT**

This paper presents results of a survey and a questionnaire that were given in
a Calculus class which was taught using the Calculus Consortium's Approach.
The textbook *Calculus* (Hughes-Hallett, Gleason, et al., 1994) was used
along with cooperative learning, extensive graphing calculator applications,
and laboratories. The survey was a mathematics attitude survey given the first
class meeting and the last class meeting. Pre and post results of the surveys
were tabulated and compared. Attitudes of the students improved in most of the
categories. The questionnaire was given the last class meeting and included
questions about students' previous calculus experience, thoughts about the
teaching method and textbook, and opinions of the graphing calculator. The
majority (89%) of the students liked the method and all the students think the
graphing calculator is a good tool to use for calculus. Hopefully, calculus
reform will evolve into a methodology which improves student comprehension and
attitudes.

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