Transition from High School to University Calculus: A Study of Connection

Keywords: Calculus transition; calculus ideas; limit; connection

Abstract: In Tunisia, calculus is a fundamental component of mathematics curriculum in high school and a major requirement at the advanced level in mathematics bachelor's degree and engineering. Yet, paving the way for a passage between high school calculus and university calculus remains a challenging issue for both mathematics education researchers and practitioners. In this article, we address this issue by focusing on shared features between high school and university expectations in students' learning of calculus and the main impediment for high school to meet university requirement. Then, we propose an experimental method to help high school teachers reconsidering their actions according to insufficiencies in students' preparation for university calculus. The result shows that it is possible to find a linkage between high school and university calculus so as to reduce differences and enhance students' transition. (Click here for article

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Imeme Ghedamsi & Thomas Lecorre

11.06.2021

Transition from High School to University Calculus: A Study of Connection

Keywords: Calculus transition; calculus ideas; limit; connection

Abstract: In Tunisia, calculus is a fundamental component of mathematics curriculum in high school and a major requirement at the advanced level in mathematics bachelor's degree and engineering. Yet, paving the way for a passage between high school calculus and university calculus remains a challenging issue for both mathematics education researchers and practitioners. In this article, we address this issue by focusing on shared features between high school and university expectations in students' learning of calculus and the main impediment for high school to meet university requirement. Then, we propose an experimental method to help high school teachers reconsidering their actions according to insufficiencies in students' preparation for university calculus. The result shows that it is possible to find a linkage between high school and university calculus so as to reduce differences and enhance students' transition. (Click here for article