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Bibi, Aisha; Ahmad, Mushtaq; Shahid, Wajeeha; Zamri, Sharifa NorulAkmar Syed; Abedalaziz, Nabeel Abdallah Mohammad – International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, 2019

Teaching and learning of differential equations (DEs) have a prominent role in all the fields of education. In spite of its prominence and frequent applications, teaching and learning of DEs is still considered as one of the most difficult, particularly at pre-university level. This is because, the topic of differential equation along with…

Descriptors: Calculus, Equations (Mathematics), Undergraduate Students, College Mathematics

Hyland, Diarmaid; van Kampen, Paul; Nolan, Brien C. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

This paper reports on the first part of a multiphase research project that seeks to identify and address the difficulties encountered by physics students when studying differential equations. Differential equations are used extensively by undergraduate physics students, particularly in the advanced modules of their degree. It is, therefore,…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outcomes of Education, Teaching Methods, Equations (Mathematics)

Winkel, Brian J. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2012

This article offers modelling opportunities in which the phenomena of the spread of disease, perception of changing mass, growth of technology, and dissemination of information can be described by one differential equation--the logistic differential equation. It presents two simulation activities for students to generate real data, as well as…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Calculus, Diseases, Class Activities

Khotimah, Rita Pramujiyanti; Masduki – Online Submission, 2016

Differential equations is a branch of mathematics which is closely related to mathematical modeling that arises in real-world problems. Problem solving ability is an essential component to solve contextual problem of differential equations properly. The purposes of this study are to describe contextual teaching and learning (CTL) model in…

Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Teacher Improvement

Bibi, Aisha; Zamri, Sharifah Norul Akmar Syed; Abedalaziz, Nabeel Abdallah Mohammad; Ahmad, Mushtaq; Dad, Hukam – Malaysian Online Journal of Educational Sciences, 2018

In this study, role of context familiarity in students' differential equations (DEs) solving was explored at pre-university level. An assessment test containing three self-developed DEs tasks were distributed among 430 students, studying in intercolleges. Collected responses were analyzed using a scoring rubric containing three main stages…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Problem Solving

Gijsbers, Dié; de Putter-Smits, Lesley; Pepin, Birgit – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2020

This study shows that using authentic contexts for learning differential equations in a differentiation-by-interest setting can enhance students' beliefs about the relevance of mathematics. The students in this study were studying advanced mathematics (wiskunde D) at upper secondary school in the Netherlands. These students are often not aware of…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Mathematics, Student Attitudes

DeDieu, Lauren; Lovric, Miroslav – PRIMUS, 2018

The use of writing to learn mathematics at the university-level is a pedagogical tool that has been gaining momentum. The setting of this study is a second-year differential equations class where written assignments have been incorporated into the course. By analyzing survey results and students' written work, we examine the extent to which…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Equations (Mathematics)

Zeynivandnezhad, Fereshteh; Bates, Rachel – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

The importance of developing students' mathematical thinking is frequently highlighted in literature regarding the teaching and learning of mathematics. Despite this importance, most curricula and instructional activities for undergraduate mathematics fail to bring the learner beyond the mathematics. The purpose of this study was to enhance…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Equations (Mathematics), Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology

Farrell, Fionnuala; Carr, Michael – Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications, 2019

Over the last number of years we have gradually been introducing a project based learning approach to the teaching of engineering mathematics in Dublin Institute of Technology. Several projects are now in existence for the teaching of both second-order differential equations and first order differential equations. We intend to incrementally extend…

Descriptors: Student Projects, Engineering Education, Equations (Mathematics), Teaching Methods

Sabag, Nissim – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017

Background: The importance of knowledge and skills in mathematics for electrical engineering students is well known. Engineers and engineering educators agree that any engineering curriculum must include plenty of mathematics studies to enrich the engineer's toolbox. Nevertheless, little attention has been given to the possible contribution of…

Descriptors: Laboratory Experiments, Mathematics Education, Case Studies, Engineering Education

Bollen, Laurens; van Kampen, Paul; De Cock, Mieke – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018

We have developed, implemented, and assessed a teaching-learning sequence that aims to enhance students' understanding of the divergence and curl of electromagnetic fields. We designed guided-inquiry worksheets based on student difficulties we identified during semiquantitative and qualitative studies and discussions in the literature. A multiple…

Descriptors: Energy, Magnets, Teaching Methods, Concept Formation

Budinski, Natalija; Takaci, Djurdjica – International Journal for Technology in Mathematics Education, 2011

This paper proposes modelling based learning as a tool for learning and teaching mathematics. The example of modelling real world problems leading to the exponential function as the solution of differential equations is described, as well as the observations about students' activities during the process. The students were acquainted with the…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, World Problems, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving

Alzabut, Jehad – Journal on Mathematics Education, 2017

In this research, I provide an overview of potentially selected interactive mathematical instructions that help learners-educators identifying the most effective practices for teaching a course on differential equations. Based on my practical experience, positive and negative aspects of the used techniques are discussed. Immediate reactions on the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Conventional Instruction, Action Research, Calculus

Camacho-Machín, M.; Guerrero-Ortiz, C. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015

The aim of this paper is to present and discuss some of the evidence regarding the resources that students use when they establish relationships between a contextual situation and an ordinary differential equation (ODE). We present research results obtained from work by seven students in a graduate level course in mathematics education, where they…

Descriptors: Equations (Mathematics), Mathematics Instruction, Graduate Students, College Science

Bollen, Laurens; van Kampen, Paul; De Cock, Mieke – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2015

Understanding Maxwell's equations in differential form is of great importance when studying the electrodynamic phenomena discussed in advanced electromagnetism courses. It is therefore necessary that students master the use of vector calculus in physical situations. In this light we investigated the difficulties second year students at KU Leuven…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Calculus, Electronics, Magnets