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ERIC Number: EJ1053458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Improved Appreciation of Mathematics through an IBL Liberal Arts Mathematics Course
Blyth, Russell D.
PRIMUS, v25 n3 p265-278 2015
The author has taught an inquiry-based liberal arts mathematics class using the text "The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking" by Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird a total of 20 times since Spring 2001. The students in this class have almost all been in non-technical majors and many started the semester with negative or ambivalent attitudes toward mathematics based on their prior experiences. The author has gathered responses from students in this class that illustrate significant changes in their attitudes towards mathematics during the course. In particular, the responses gathered at the end of the semester are often eloquent about understanding the great ideas of mathematics that students confronted in this course and about seeing many more and varied connections between mathematics and the "real world" than they had previously realized existed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri
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