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Green, Kris; Emerson, Allen – Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, 2008

The first part of this two-part paper [see EJ787497] described the development of a new freshman business mathematics (FBM) course at our college. In this paper, we discuss our assessment tool, the business memo, as a venue for students to apply mathematical skills, via mathematical modelling, to realistic business problems. These memos have…

Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Mathematics, College Freshmen, Business Education

Fraboni, Michael; Hartshorn, Kevin – PRIMUS, 2007

In the typical first-year mathematics course--whether it be calculus or a general education quantitative proficiency course--we struggle to help students see the relevance of mathematics to their own lives. Particularly in a focused course such as calculus, there is a danger that students see mathematics as an isolated subject, with applications…

Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Relevance (Education), College Mathematics

Towers, Jo; Martin, Lyndon – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2009

In this paper we explore the growth of understanding of a group of preservice teachers, and their instructor, as they work collectively together on what we describe as a "mathematics for teaching" task. Through drawing on elements of improvisational theory, in particular the notion of the "better idea," we analyse how the preservice teachers'…

Descriptors: Student Teachers, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Mathematical Concepts, Preservice Teachers

Rogers, George L. – Music Educators Journal, 2016

The integration of music and science is embodied in the music of the spheres, the ancient concept that the universe is ordered in a manner consistent with principles of musical harmony. This idea boasts a long history, from the teachings of Pythagoras (ca. 600 BC) through Isaac Newton in the eighteenth century, and makes a fascinating…

Descriptors: Music Education, Science Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Correlation

Petrosino, Anthony J.; Mann, Michele J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018

Although data modeling, the employment of statistical reasoning for the purpose of investigating questions about the world, is central to both mathematics and science, it is rarely emphasized in K-16 instruction. The current work focuses on developing thinking about data modeling with undergraduates in general and preservice teachers in…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Preservice Teachers, Mathematical Models, Data

Hunter, Roberta – Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 2010

In the current shifts in mathematics classrooms, teachers are challenged to use effective pedagogy to develop inquiry communities in which all participants are offered opportunities to engage in the reasoning discourse of proficient mathematical practices. The challenge for teachers is to know how to implement these pedagogical changes. This…

Descriptors: Researchers, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Curriculum, Cooperation

Thomas, Ashleigh L. P. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017

This paper presents gradual implementation of active learning approaches in an organic chemistry classroom based on student feedback and strategies for getting students on-board with this new approach. Active learning techniques discussed include videos, online quizzes, reading assignments, and classroom activities. Preliminary findings indicate a…

Descriptors: Active Learning, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, College Science

Song, Ting; Becker, Kurt – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2013

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators are facing the challenge of attracting more students. The disparity between the need for engineers and the enrollment of engineering students is growing (Genalo, Bruning, & Adams, 2000), and career aspirations of high school students are inconsistent with the employment…

Descriptors: Engineering Education, Engineering Technology, Design, Middle School Students

Case, Steven – Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 2008

In this article I recount my experiences with a series of encounters with the catwalk task and reflect on the professional growth that these opportunities afforded. First, I reflect on my own mathematical work on the catwalk task, including my efforts to fit various algebraic models to the data. Second, I reflect on my experiences working with a…

Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Professional Development, Reflective Teaching, Algebra

Greenes, Carole – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2014

Tasks to Advance the Learning of Mathematics (TALMs) were developed to stimulate grades 5-8 students' curiosity about complex mathematical relationships, inspire them to reason abstractly and quantitatively, encourage them to consider and create alternative solution approaches, develop their skills to persuade others about the viability of one…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Grade 5

Potari, Despina; Georgiadou-Kabouridis, Barbara – Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 2009

This article refers to a longitudinal case study of a primary school teacher over a period of 4 years. The focus is on the development of the teacher's beliefs regarding mathematics teaching and learning from the last year of her university studies up to the third year of teaching mathematics in school. This development has been investigated…

Descriptors: Inservice Education, Teaching Experience, Professional Development, Mathematics Instruction

Yarema, Connie H.; Hendricks, T. David – MathAMATYC Educator, 2010

Recommendations and standards from various stakeholders in the mathematical preparation of teachers, such as "The Mathematical Education of Teachers" (http://www.cbmsweb.org/MET_Document/chapter_2.htm) and "Beyond Crossroads" (http://beyondcrossroads.amatyc.org/doc/CH6.html), call for courses that emphasize connections within topics in…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematical Formulas, Geometric Concepts

Davis, Brent; Renert, Moshe – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2009

We report on a two-year "concept study" in which a cohort of middle school teachers collectively deconstructed and reconstructed the concept of multiplication. Defining concept study as a collaborative structure through which mathematics educators identify, interpret, interrogate, invent, and elaborate images, metaphors, analogies, examples,…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Middle School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematical Concepts

Oxley, Alan – Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, 2010

The article gives ideas that lecturers of undergraduate Discrete Mathematics courses can use in order to make the subject more interesting for students and encourage them to undertake further studies in the subject. It is possible to teach Discrete Mathematics with little or no reference to computing. However, students are more likely to be…

Descriptors: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science Education, Mathematics, College Faculty

Woolley, Thomas E.; du Sautoy, Marcus P. F. – School Science Review, 2011

In 2006, Marcus du Sautoy delivered the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures on the subject of mathematics. From this, a workshop was created using ideas illustrated in the programme. A group of mathematical students from the University of Oxford, known as Marcus' Marvellous Mathemagicians, were trained in this workshop and now travel to schools…

Descriptors: Workshops, Classroom Environment, Experiments, Mathematics