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ERIC Number: EJ807114
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0268-3679
Closing the Gap between Formalism and Application--PBL and Mathematical Skills in Engineering
Christensen, Ole Ravn
Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, v27 n3 p131-139 Sep 2008
A common problem in learning mathematics concerns the gap between, on the one hand, doing the formalisms and calculations of abstract mathematics and, on the other hand, applying these in a specific contextualized setting for example the engineering world. The skills acquired through problem-based learning (PBL), in the special model used at Aalborg University, Denmark, may give us some idea of how to bridge this gap. Through an investigation of a series of examples of student projects concerning the application of mathematical subjects--such as matrices, differential equations, cluster analysis, graph theory etc.--the skills attained by participating students will be mapped out and discussed.
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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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Identifiers - Location: Denmark