Doctor of Education (EdD)
Curriculum and Instruction
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Maria L. Fernandez
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multivariate calculus, computer algebra system, visually-enhanced approach
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This study investigated the effects of a visually-enhanced approached to the teaching of selected multivariate calculus concepts on students’ mathematical understanding and visualization. The sample size consisted of 65 undergraduate students from Miami Dade College, a large Hispanic Serving Institution in the Southeast. A pretest – posttest, nonequivalent group design was used. CAS dynamic worksheets containing visualizations and geometric representations were created using a computer algebra system and embedded as part of the lecture in the experimental group. Instructor-developed instruments were used to measure students’ prerequisite knowledge for multivariate calculus, and students’ mathematical understanding of selected concepts. Furthermore, Yoon (2011)’s Revised PSVT: R was used to measure students’ spatial ability. Results from the statistical tests supported the hypothesis that enhancing the visual/geometric aspects of selected multivariate calculus concepts have a positive effect on students’ mathematical understanding and spatial ability.
Gonzalez, Belarmino, "A Visually-Enhanced Approach to Multivariate Calculus Facilitated by a Computer Algebra System" (2019). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4288.
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