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Martins, Ana Margarida; Vera-Licona, Paola; Laubenbacher, Reinhard – Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, 2008

This article describes a mathematical biology workshop given to secondary school teachers of the Danville area in Virginia, USA. The goal of the workshop was to enable teams of teachers with biology and mathematics expertise to incorporate lesson plans in mathematical modelling into the curriculum. The biological focus of the activities is the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Molecular Biology, Workshops, Secondary School Teachers

Woodward, John; Beckmann, Sybilla; Driscoll, Mark; Franke, Megan; Herzig, Patricia; Jitendra, Asha; Koedinger, Kenneth R.; Ogbuehi, Philip – What Works Clearinghouse, 2012

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) publishes practice guides in education to bring the best available evidence and expertise to bear on current challenges in education. Authors of practice guides combine their expertise with the findings of rigorous research, when available, to develop specific recommendations for addressing these…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Educational Research, Evidence

Stylianides, Gabriel J.; Stylianides, Andreas J.; Philippou, George N. – Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 2007

There is a growing effort to make "proof" central to all students' mathematical experiences across all grades. Success in this goal depends highly on teachers' knowledge of proof, but limited research has examined this knowledge. This paper contributes to this domain of research by investigating preservice elementary and secondary school…

Descriptors: Validity, Mathematical Logic, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Education

Unal, Hasan – Mathematics Teaching Incorporating Micromath, 2008

As well as being important for school mathematics, spatial thinking is a big component of advanced mathematical studies too. As Jones (2001:55) points out, "Much of the thinking that is required in higher mathematics is spatial in nature. Einstein's comments on thinking in images are well known. Numerous mathematicians report using spatial…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Spatial Ability, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction

Bingolbali, E.; Monaghan, J.; Roper, T. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2007

This paper explores Mechanical Engineering students' conceptions of and preferences for conceptions of the derivative, and their views on mathematics. Data comes from pre-, post- and delayed post-tests, a preference test, interviews with students and an analysis of calculus courses. Data from Mathematics students is used to make comparisons with…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Engineering, Calculus, Engineering Education

Ineson, Gwen – Perspectives in Education, 2008

The mathematics curriculum in the United Kingdom (UK) has undergone radical changes, placing a particular focus on mental computation. Pupils are not taught written methods of computation until they are able to add and subtract any pair of two digit numbers mentally. Teacher education programmes in the UK have required adaptation to reflect these…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Curriculum, Foreign Countries, Mental Computation

Toh, Tin-Lam – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2007

This paper describes a content upgrading course on Secondary School Algebra which was planned and conducted for in-service mathematics teachers who are trained to teach mathematics at lower secondary level (ages 13 to 14). In order to be an effective mathematics teacher, one needs to know a great deal of mathematical knowledge on top of good…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Education

Fagan, Emily R.; Tobey, Cheryl Rose; Brodesky, Amy R. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

This article introduces the formative assessment probe--a powerful tool for collecting focused, actionable information about student thinking and potential misconceptions--along with a process for targeting instruction in response to probe results. Drawing on research about common student mathematical misconceptions as well as the former work of…

Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Individualized Instruction, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction

Rubel, Laurie H.; Zolkower, Betina A. – Mathematics Teacher, 2007

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2000) recommends that students at all grade levels be provided with instructional programs that enable them to "create and use representations to organize, record, and communicate mathematical ideas; select, apply, and translate among mathematical representations to solve problems; and use…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Concepts

Bakhoum, Ezzat G. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2008

Macromedia's FLASH development system can be a great tool for mathematics education. This article presents detailed Flash tutorials that were developed and taught by the author to a group of mathematics professors in a summer course in 2005. The objective was to educate the teachers in the techniques of animating equations and mathematical…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Computer Uses in Education

Marshall, Anne Marie; Superfine, Alison Castro; Canty, Reality S. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2010

Ms. Beyer's first graders have been working for several weeks on solving problems that encourage the use of such multiple representations as ten frames and number lines. The class is using Math Trailblazers, a National Science Foundation-supported elementary school math curriculum developed to reflect recent reform efforts in mathematics…

Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 1

Jenkins, Oliver F. – Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 2010

A structured interview process is proffered as an effective means to advance prospective teachers' understandings of students as learners of mathematics, a key component of pedagogical content knowledge. The interview process is carried out in three phases with the primary objective of developing listening skills for accessing students'…

Descriptors: Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum, Interviews, Listening Skills

Accardo, Amy L.; Kuder, S. Jay – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2017

Mr. Perez and Mrs. Peterson co-teach a ninth-grade algebra class. Perez and Peterson's class includes four students with individualized education programs (IEPs). In response to legislation, such as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act (2001) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (2006), an increasing number of students…

Descriptors: Grade 9, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Algebra

Wolbert, William – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

The query "When are we ever going to use this?" is easily answered when discussing the slope of a line. The pitch of a roof, the grade of a road, and stair stringers are three applications of slope that are used extensively. The concept of slope, which is introduced fairly early in the mathematics curriculum has hands-on applications…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Experiential Learning, Learning Activities, Mathematical Concepts

Bu, Lingguo – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

Many preservice teachers come into teacher education programs with a rule-based view of mathematics, a view that is to a large extent indicative of their previous school experiences. In teaching preservice elementary school teachers, this author has used his instrumental understanding as the starting point for rich discussions about the…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics