ERIC Number: EJ1116921
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
An Introductory Set of Activities Designed to Facilitate Successful Combinatorial Enumeration for Undergraduate Students
Lockwood, Elise; Swinyard, Craig A.
PRIMUS, v26 n10 p889-904 2016
In this paper, we present a set of activities for an introduction to solving counting problems. These activities emerged from a teaching experiment with two university students, during which they reinvented four basic counting formulas. Here we present a three-phase set of activities: orienting counting activities; reinvention counting activities; and outcome-focused review activities. In presenting the activities, we include a list of sample tasks, suggestions for prompts for effective implementation, and data excerpts that provide evidence for the effectiveness of these activities.
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Undergraduate Students, Teaching Methods, Cues, Instructional Effectiveness, Problem Solving, Textbooks, Mathematical Formulas, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Oregon
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