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Hekimoglu, Serkan; Kittrell, Emily – PRIMUS, 2010
This study investigates whether seeing a documentary on how mathematicians do mathematics improves students' math "self-efficacy beliefs." The analysis of students' written reflections and classroom observations suggests that watching the documentary may help students' math anxiety decrease and positive self-efficacy toward learning mathematics…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Anxiety, Student Attitudes
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Warwick, Jonathan – PRIMUS, 2016
This paper describes the results of a small empirical study (n = 130), in which undergraduate students in the Business Faculty of a UK university were asked to express views and expectations relating to the study of a mathematics. Factor analysis is used to identify latent variables emerging from clusters of the measured variables and these are…
Descriptors: Expectation, Undergraduate Students, Mathematics, Business Schools
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Worthley, Mary R.; Gloeckner, Gene W.; Kennedy, Paul A. – PRIMUS, 2016
In this study we aimed to understand who was struggling in freshman calculus courses, and why. Concentrating on the Fall sections of the class, the best predictors for success (R[superscript 2] = 0.4) were placement test results, the student's own appraisal of the quality of mathematics teaching they received in high school, and the Motivated…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Calculus, College Freshmen, College Mathematics
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Burks, Robert – PRIMUS, 2010
This article describes key elements for educators to successfully implement a student mathematics portfolio in an undergraduate mathematics course. This article offers practical advice for implementing a student mathematics portfolio in a freshman precalculus course. We look at the potential value added to student class preparation and compare our…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Self Efficacy, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction
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Talbert, Robert – PRIMUS, 2015
In this paper, we examine the benefits of employing an inverted or "flipped" class design in a Transition-to-Proof course for second-year mathematics majors. The issues concomitant with such courses, particularly student acquisition of "sociomathematical norms" and self-regulated learning strategies, are discussed along with…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Blended Learning, Educational Technology
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Savitz, Ryan M.; Savitz, Fred R. – PRIMUS, 2010
The first-year college experience is anxiety-producing, and for college students, especially those representing traditionally underserved populations, the experience can be particularly daunting. To mitigate against potential failure a father/son team, the father a professor of education and the son a professor of mathematics, pooled their…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Action Research, Mathematics Achievement, Anxiety
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Abramovich, Sergei – PRIMUS, 2009
This article reflects on the author's experience in teaching courses in mathematics content and methods in teacher preparation programs. It shows how technology-enhanced inquiry into a seemingly mundane task on situated addition found in a popular textbook for prospective elementary teachers, can reveal hidden properties of integers associated…
Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Hidden Curriculum, Teacher Education Curriculum
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Cooper, Thomas E.; Bailey, Brad; Briggs, Karen – PRIMUS, 2012
In this study, one section of undergraduate Precalculus was taught using a modified Moore method, a student centered inquiry-based approach, and two control sections were taught in a traditional lecture format. A survey of attitudes, beliefs, and efficacy toward mathematics and Precalculus was administered at the beginning and end of the semester…
Descriptors: Calculus, Undergraduate Study, College Mathematics, Comparative Analysis
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Warwick, Jon – PRIMUS, 2007
The decline in the development of mathematical skills in students prior to university entrance has been a matter of concern to UK higher education staff for a number of years. This article describes a pilot study that uses the Analytic Hierarchy Process to quantify the mathematical experiences of computing students prior to the start of a first…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, College Students, Student Needs