ERIC Number: EJ1082025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Integration through a Card-Sort Activity
Green, Kris; Ricca, Bernard P.
Investigations in Mathematics Learning, v8 n1 p1-22 Fall 2015
Learning to compute integrals via the various techniques of integration (e.g., integration by parts, partial fractions, etc.) is difficult for many students. Here, we look at how students in a college level Calculus II course develop the ability to categorize integrals and the difficulties they encounter using a card sort-resort activity. Analysis of the data required the use of several non-standard techniques which provided interesting insights into the ways students develop categories in mathematics. One finding of note is that students may need a significant amount of time "off topic" to allow sufficient time to fully organize their schema for integration.
Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Activities, Computation, Mathematical Concepts, Classification, College Students, Instructional Effectiveness
Research Council on Mathematics Learning. Web site: http://web.unlv.edu/RCML/journal.html
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A