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ERIC Number: EJ1053464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Moving beyond Solving for "x": Teaching Abstract Algebra in a Liberal Arts Mathematics Course
Cook, John Paul
PRIMUS, v25 n3 p248-264 2015
This paper details an inquiry-based approach for teaching the basic notions of rings and fields to liberal arts mathematics students. The task sequence seeks to encourage students to identify and comprehend core concepts of introductory abstract algebra by thinking like mathematicians; that is, by investigating an open-ended mathematical context, identifying patterns, and venturing conjectures. A sequence of open-ended instructional tasks that aim to capitalize on students' prior experiences with equation solving is provided along with notes and sample student responses for prospective instructors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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