Calculus is one of the greatest intellectual achievements of the world and is the main gateway for students that are heading into the fields that will power the economy of the 21st century. However, over 25% of students fail U.S. calculus courses each year and end up changing majors. It is important for educators and researchers to try to improve student success and find ways to increase STEM major retention. The purpose of this study was to compare the performance between students that are in traditional and non-traditional calculus II courses based on their preparation in either traditional or non-traditional calculus I. By the end of the study, non-traditional calculus II students performed approximately the same on every test and overall in the class. On the other hand, traditional calculus II students that took traditional calculus I performed better on the three tests, but their overall performance in the course was approximately the same as the students that took non-traditional calculus I.
McKinney, T., & Dibbs, R. (2021). Performance in Calculus II for students in CLEAR Calculus: A causal comparative study. Pursue: Undergraduate Research Journal, 4(1). Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.pvamu.edu/pursue/vol4/iss1/3