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Project Information

ADJUNCT MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTOR RESOURCES AND SUPPORT: IMPROVING UNDERGRADUATE PRECALCULUS TEACHING AND LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Agency:
NSF

National Science Foundation

Project Number:
1712058
Contact PI / Project Leader:
MURRAY, EILEEN
Awardee Organization:
MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Description

Abstract Text:
Undergraduate students' persistence in STEM is heavily influenced by their classroom experiences, particularly in entry-level mathematics courses. Considerable research has been conducted showing that improved instruction by full-time faculty can increase student motivation and persistence in mathematics courses. However, entry-level courses, such as precalculus, are often taught by adjunct and other part-time instructors, who traditionally have tended to be offered only minimal professional development and support for teaching undergraduate mathematics. Thus, there is a pressing need to focus on developing instructional practices among adjunct and other part-time instructors. This project will build a model of course coordination and adjunct instructor support to improve the teaching and learning of precalculus. While some work has been done to understand the benefits of supports for part-time instructors at the undergraduate level, this work has focused mostly on graduate teaching assistants rather than adjunct instructors. The proposed project will extend this work to adjunct instructors and will contribute to the research base regarding the adjunct instructor population. By building a model of adjunct instructor resources and support, the project will contribute to deeper understanding of how such efforts impact (1) adjunct instructor knowledge and instructional practices, (2) adjunct instructor job satisfaction, and (3) student academic success and retention in STEM majors. This understanding will help other departments and institutions with similar instructor populations to better support their adjunct faculty, with the goal of improving student learning and persistence in precalculus and beyond.
Project Terms:
base; Development; Educational process of instructing; experience; Faculty; Goals; improved; Institution; Instruction; instructor; Job Satisfaction; Knowledge; Learning; Mathematics; Modeling; Names; Population; precalculus; Research; Resources; STEM field; student participation; Student Persistence; Students; success; teaching assistant; Teaching Method; Time; undergraduate student; Work

Details

Contact PI / Project Leader Information:
Name:  MURRAY, EILEEN
Other PI Information:
GOLNABI, AMIR H
Awardee Organization:
Name:  MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT GOVERNMENT
City:  MONTCLAIR    
Country:  UNITED STATES
Congressional District:
State Code:  NJ
District:  11
Other Information:
Fiscal Year: 2017
Award Notice Date: 21-Jun-2017
DUNS Number: 053506184
Project Start Date: 15-Aug-2017
Budget Start Date:
CFDA Code: 47.076
Project End Date: 31-Jul-2020
Budget End Date:
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FY Total Cost
2017 NSF

National Science Foundation

$300,000

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