Gary G. Welch

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Educational Administration and Supervision

First Advisor

Dr. Blaine E. Ward


Introduction: The study of calculus was formerly relegated to just the college curriculum. In fact, it was typically a course for college sophomores. However, tracking and external pressures forced curriculum changes in secondary schools. Teaching of calculus in high schools became common. A large number of high school students, mostly seniors, now take calculus in schools where it is offered. As early as 1973 over one quarter of the secondary schools in the United States with enrollments over 1008 students offered calculus. (Rash, 1977) The percentage has undoubtedly gone up considerably since then. It is typically the course at the end of a school’s top mathematics track.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Teacher Education and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1988 Gary G. Welch