ERIC Number: EJ713317
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May-1
Reference Count: 25
Students' Retention of Mathematical Knowledge and Skills in Differential Equations
Kwon, Oh Nam; Allen, Karen; Rasmussen, Chris
School Science and Mathematics, v105 n5 p227 May 2005
This study investigates students' retention of mathematical knowledge and skills in two differential equations classes. Posttests and delayed posttests after 1 year were administered to students in inquiry-oriented and traditional classes. The results show that students in the inquiry-oriented class retained conceptual knowledge, as seen by their performance on modeling problems, and retained equal proficiency in procedural problems, when compared with students in the traditionally taught classes. The results of this study add additional support to the claim that teaching for conceptual understanding can lead to longer retention of mathematical knowledge.
Descriptors: Equations (Mathematics), Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Retention (Psychology), Comparative Analysis, Teaching Methods
School Science & Mathematics Association, The Ohio State University, 238 Arps Hall, 1945 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43210-1172. Web site: http://www.ssma.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Korea