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ERIC Number: EJ961627
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2710
An Example of Competence-Based Learning: Use of Maxima in Linear Algebra for Engineers
Diaz, Ana; Garcia, Alfonsa; de la Villa, Agustin
International Journal for Technology in Mathematics Education, v18 n4 p177-182 2011
This paper analyses the role of Computer Algebra Systems (CAS) in a model of learning based on competences. The proposal is an e-learning model Linear Algebra course for Engineering, which includes the use of a CAS (Maxima) and focuses on problem solving. A reference model has been taken from the Spanish Open University. The proper use of CAS is defined as an indicator of the generic competence: Use of Technology. Additionally, we show that using CAS could help to enhance the following generic competences: Self Learning, Planning and Organization, Communication and Writing, Mathematical and Technical Writing, Information Management and Critical Thinking. A follow-up at several stages of the resolution of a problem-example shall be performed; analysing each contribution of Maxima to the competences' acquisition. The problem-example concerns an electronic device for a building surveillance system, with different possibilities according to the number of sides of the building and other parameters. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain