Title : NSF 95-94 AWARDS FOR CALCULUS AND BRIDGE TO CALCULUS CURRICULUM
DEVELOPMENT FY 1994
Type : Dir of Awards
NSF Org: EHR / DUE
Date : May 31, 1995
File : nsf9594
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
DIRECTORATE FOR EDUCATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES
DIVISION OF UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
NSF ANNOUNCES
AWARDS FOR
CALCULUS AND BRIDGE TO CALCULUS CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
FY 1994
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
DIRECTORATE FOR EDUCATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES
DIVISION OF UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
CALCULUS AND BRIDGE TO CALCULUS CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
AWARDS IN FY 1994
The purpose of the Undergraduate Curriculum Development in
Mathematics: Calculus and Bridge to Calculus Program is to
foster on a national scale the improvement in the quality of
calculus instruction and the preparation of students for
calculus. The reform effort is expected to benefit students
in all types of educational institutions. As part of this
reform, twenty-five grants totaling nearly $3.7 million were
awarded in FY 1994. Of these 25 grants, 14 were new awards,
10 were continuing awards, and 1 was a supplemental award.
FY 1994 was the final year for a separate NSF solicitation
for the Calculus Program. However, since calculus has such
a prominent role in the undergraduate curriculum, calculus
reform will continue to be supported through other NSF
programs such as the new undergraduate initiative
"Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications Throughout the
Curriculum." Initiated in FY 1994 and building on the
reform that has taken place through the Calculus Program and
other NSF undergraduate programs, this new initiative
continues NSF’s efforts to encourage interdisciplinary,
comprehensive reform.
Awards Overview
Awards were made in FY 1994 to institutions and consortia of
institutions, including universities, two- and four-year
colleges, and nonprofit organizations. These awards fall
into two major categories: 1) adaptation, refinement, and
implementation, and 2) curriculum development. Building on
the previous work on first-year calculus, the primary focus
of the curriculum development currently underway is in
courses on the preparation for calculus, multivariable
calculus, and differential equations.
An example is the curriculum development being performed
through a grant to Brown University (RI), where interactive
computer graphics laboratory materials are being developed.
These materials will be used to more effectively introduce
geometric ideas into the calculus curriculum; in particular,
in the third semester calculus courses taken by engineering,
natural science, life science, economics, computer science
and mathematics majors.
Through an award to Peralta Community College (CA), a
consortium of institutions (Peralta Community College, San
Francisco City College, California State University-Hayward,
and San Francisco State University) is adapting the Harvard
Consortium Curriculum. Faculty from these institutions are
jointly developing the curriculum which will incorporate
instructional methods and strategies to increase the success
rate of students. A Calculus Reform Handbook will be
published and the approaches will be institutionalized in
these colleges.
A Regional Center for Calculus Reform is being supported
through an award to Northeastern University (MA). Materials
are being developed and adapted for collegiate precalculus
and calculus courses. The project is also working closely
with Northeastern's Comprehensive Regional Center for
Minorities to strengthen precalculus and calculus programs
in urban school districts with large minority enrollments.
Program Impact
The Calculus Program has stimulated a national effort to
improve calculus instruction, engaging the full spectrum of
educational institutions: two-year colleges, four-year
colleges, universities, and secondary schools. A primary
result of the projects supported in the program has been the
development of texts, which are now being commercially
published, supplementary materials, and software
applications.
The projects have developed several alternative approaches
to the instruction of calculus. These approaches have
unique features, but there are common themes. In
particular, technology is effectively integrated into the
course; the emphasis in the classroom is shifted from the
instructor to the student as an active participant in the
learning process; and problem solving is emphasized, with
open-ended problems that unify important ideas of calculus
and provide significant applications from other disciplines.
The program is managed by NSF’s Division of Undergraduate
Education in cooperation with other divisions in the
Directorate for Education and Human Resources and the
Division of Mathematical Sciences.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
DIRECTORATE FOR EDUCATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES
UNDERGRADUATE COURSE AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
CALCULUS AND THE BRIDGE TO CALCULUS
FY 1994 AWARDS
STATE NAME
Institution Proj. Dir. Awd. Amt.
Grant No.
City ZIP Department
Award Title
ARIZONA
U of Arizona D Lovelock
$316,596 9252521
Tucson 85721 Mathematics
Implementation and Dissemination of the Harvard
Consortium Materials in Arizona, Oklahoma
and Utah
CALIFORNIA
Harvey Mudd College R L Borrelli
$250,127 9450742
Claremont 91711 Mathematics
A Computer-Based Introductory Differential Equations
Course
Peralta CC Dist Off W L Lepowsky
$119,703 9450735
Oakland 946062844 Mathematics
Instituting Calculus Reform: A Community College -
State University Consortium Model
CONNECTICUT
U of Connecticut J F Hurley $219,434
9252463
Storrs 06269 Mathematics
Implementing Computer-Integrated Calculus in High
Schools
FLORIDA
Indian River CC W Ward $100,000
9450744
Fort Pierce 349815541 Mathematics
Calculus and the Bridge to Calculus
ILLINOIS
U of Ill Urbana-Champaign J Uhl
$150,000 9252484
Urbana 61801 Mathematics
Calculus & Mathematica
INDIANA
Purdue Univ E L Dubinsky $218,000
9450750
West Lafayette 47907 Mathematics
Calculus, Concepts, Computers and Cooperative Learning:
Assessment and Evaluation in Terms
of Dissemination Goals
IOWA
U of Iowa K D Stroyan $42,185
9252486
Iowa City 52242 Mathematics
Fully Renewed Calculus and Three Large Universities
KENTUCKY
U of Kentucky J H Wells $47,460
9252494
Lexington 405060001 Mathematics
A Proposal for Implementing Calculus Reform in West
Appalachia
MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Univ P R Blanchard $102,241
9352833
Boston 021182394 Mathematics
Differential Equations: A Dynamical Systems Approach
Education Dev Ctr W Harvey $236,029
9450731
Newton 02160 Learning, Teaching,
and Technology
Engaging Students in Powerful Concepts, Questions, and
Tools: A Multi-Span Mathematical
Bridge
Harvard Univ D Hughes-Hallett
$141,847 9352905
Cambridge 021383826 Mathematics
Bridge Calculus Consortium Based At Harvard
Northeastern Univ T J Gaffney
$299,973 9450764
Boston 021155096 Mathematics
A Regional Center for Calculus Reform at Northeastern
University
MICHIGAN
U of Michigan M Brown $100,000
9252503
Ann Arbor 481091274 Mathematics
A New Calculus Program at the University of Michigan
MINNESOTA
Saint Olaf College A M Ostebee
$150,061 9450765
Northfield 55057 Mathematics
Multivariable Calculus from Graphical, Numerical, and
Symbolic Points of View
NEW YORK
US Military Academy D Small
$95,000 9450767
West Point 10996 Mathematical
Sciences
West Point Core Curriculum Conference in Mathematics
NORTH CAROLINA
Duke Univ L C Moore $180,860
9352889
Durham 277032570 Mathematics
Interactive Modules for Courses Following Calculus
NC A&T St Univ H L Martin $236,520
9443435
Greensboro 274110001
Alliance for Minority Participation: NSF Alliance
Proposal
OKLAHOMA
U of Oklahoma C C McKnight
$209,992 9450760
Norman 730698813 Mathematics
A Comprehensive Calculus Project for Comprehensive
Universities
PENNSYLVANIA
Dickinson Coll N H Baxter
$100,505 9450746
Carlisle 17013 Mathematics and
Computer Science
Using a Workshop Approach and Real Applications to
Teach Calculus with Review Courses
PUERTO RICO
U of PR Mayaguez R Martinez-Planell $197,926
9450758
Mayaguez 00709 Mathematics
Reforming Calculus Instruction in Puerto Rico
RHODE ISLAND
Brown Univ T F Banchoff $181,650
9450721
Providence 02912 Mathematics
Interactive Electronic Third Semester Calculus
Laboratory Materials for Personal Computers
U of Rhode Island E A Lamagna
$30,000 9352839
Kingston 02881 Computer Science
Newton: An Interactive Environment For Exploring
Calculus
UTAH
Brigham Young Univ G Armstrong
$33,540 9253959
Provo 846021043 Mathematics
Fully Renewed Calculus at Three Large Universities
WISCONSIN
U Wisc La Crosse J Unbehaun $26,113
9253958
La Crosse 546013742 Mathematics
Fully Renewed Calculus at Three Large Universities