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ERIC Number: EJ865970
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Integration of Guided Discovery in the Teaching of Real Analysis
Dumitrascu, Dorin
PRIMUS, v19 n4 p370-380 2009
I discuss my experience with teaching an advanced undergraduate Real Analysis class using both lecturing and the small-group guided discovery method. The article is structured as follows. The first section is about the organizational and administrative components of the class. In the second section I give examples of successes and difficulties that the students had with the mathematical content of the course. My evaluation is influenced by the main goal of such a Real Analysis class: students should be able to use, read, and write sound mathematical proofs that lead to the comprehension of the fundamental principles of Analysis. In the third section I present some of the students' comments regarding the method, and I summarize my own conclusions in the fourth section. In an Appendix, as a way to test the progress made by the students, I examine how the concept image of "real number" changed and evolved during the term. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Hampshire