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An investigation into problem solving skills in calculus : the case of Unisa first year students

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dc.contributor.advisor Mogari, L. D.
dc.contributor.author Mugisha, Stella
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-09T06:52:53Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-09T06:52:53Z
dc.date.issued 2012-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/6583
dc.description.abstract Students’ performances in mathematics in an Open Distant Learning setting have not always been impressive. An exploratory study into the problem solving skills of the University of South Africa students in the Calculus module MAT112 is being conducted using past examinations scripts between 2006 and 2009. The study re-assesses the work done in the end-of-year Calculus examinations, by both looking at the distribution of marks awarded and assigning new scores based on an assessment rubric adapted for the problem at hand. Further assessment of qualitative dimensions that is important for problem solving in Calculus is developed from the data obtained from the assessment rubric. Using factor analysis, a hesitation factor, transfer-of-knowledge factor as well as ingenuity factor, are identified in successful Calculus problem solving. The study proposes two conceptual models; the first is to guide students in solving Calculus problems while the second one is meant to assist lecturers in the assessment of students of Calculus. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (x, 116 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Value of Calculus en
dc.subject Problem solving skills en
dc.subject Factor analysis en
dc.subject Hesitation factor en
dc.subject Transfer-of-knowledge en
dc.subject Essence of Mathematics en
dc.subject Qualitative assessment en
dc.subject Problem of poor performances en
dc.subject Rigour and proof in mathematics en
dc.subject Problem solving approach in Mathematics en
dc.subject Calculus assessment with the rubric en
dc.subject Mathematics in an ODL environment en
dc.subject.ddc 515.071168
dc.subject.lcsh Calculus -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- South Africa -- Case studies
dc.subject.lcsh University of South Africa -- Students -- Case studies
dc.subject.lcsh Problem solving -- Ability testing -- South Africa -- Case studies
dc.title An investigation into problem solving skills in calculus : the case of Unisa first year students en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Science and Technology Education en
dc.description.degree M. Ed. (Technology Education)


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