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Nortvedt, Guri A.; Siqveland, Arvid – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2019
Are students transitioning from the secondary level to university studies in mathematics and engineering adequately prepared for education at the tertiary level? In this study, we discuss the prior mathematical knowledge and skills demonstrated by Norwegian engineering ("N" = 1537) and calculus ("N" = 626) university students…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Engineering Education, Foreign Countries
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Randahl, Mira – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016
This paper reports on a study about how the mathematics textbook was perceived and used by the teacher in the context of a calculus part of a basic mathematics course for first-year engineering students. The focus was on the teacher's choices and the use of definitions, examples and exercises in a sequence of lectures introducing the derivative…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education
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Randahl, Mira – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2012
The aim of this article is to present and discuss some results from an inquiry into mathematics textbooks authors' visions about their texts and approaches they choose when new concepts are introduced. Authors' responses are discussed in relation to results about students' difficulties with approaching calculus reported by previous research. A…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Textbooks, Postsecondary Education, Mathematical Concepts