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ERIC Number: EJ1116177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Threshold Concepts and Undergraduate Mathematics Teaching
Breen, Sinéad; O'Shea, Ann
PRIMUS, v26 n9 p837-847 2016
Traditionally, many undergraduate mathematics courses have been defined in terms of mathematical content and the techniques in which students should become proficient or theorems they should be able to prove. This can result in a reliance on shallow or rote learning by students, despite the fact that the main goal of a mathematics lecturer is usually to foster mathematical understanding in their students. In contrast, it is suggested that placing an emphasis on the threshold concepts involved in a course can enable teachers and students to focus on what is fundamental to the study and mastery of their subject.
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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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