Mathematics Doers: Exploring the Impact of a Specifications Grading Calculus I Course on Latina/o Students’ Mathematics Identity (70989)

Session Information: Higher Education
Session Chair: Qizhang Liu

Thursday, 23 November 2023 18:10
Session: Session 6
Room: Room 603
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

For many Latina/o college students, mathematics is a formidable academic challenge. As a result, courses like Calculus have become gatekeepers that (un)intentionally impede many Latina/o students from pursuing STEM-oriented degrees, particularly in the fields of Engineering. To further combat these inequities, Calculus courses should embrace innovative pedagogies that increase students’ achievement by promoting Latina/o students’ mathematics identity development. We argue that a Calculus course with Specifications Grading, a specific type of pedagogy that adopts Growth Mindset attributes, fosters students’ growth-mindset and perseverance in mathematics, and, therefore, fostering a stronger mathematics identity. In this study, we examined the mathematics identity development of n = 720 Latina/o students enrolled in Specifications Grading Calculus I and non- Specifications Grading Calculus I across one academic year. Using a validated survey and ANCOVA, we compared the PRE and POST changes in the students’ self-perceived mathematical competence and performance, recognition as mathematics doers, and interest in mathematics. We also explored the overall change in their self-perceived mathematics identity. We discuss how aspects of the Specifications Grading pedagogy can contribute to students’ mathematics identity development.

Authors:
Luis Fernandez, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, United States
Cristina Villalobos, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, United States
Martha Asare, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, United States
Mayra Ortiz Galarza, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, United States
Kaitlyn Serbin, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, United States


About the Presenter(s)
Dr Luis Fernandez is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in United States

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00