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Aydin, Sinan – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
Linear algebra is a basic mathematical subject taught in mathematics and science depar-tments of universities. The teaching and learning of this course has always been difficult. This study aims to contribute to the research in linear algebra education, focusing on linear dependence and independence concepts. This was done by introducing…
Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Science Education
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Dawkins, Paul Christian; Epperson, James A. Mendoza – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
This study investigates interactions between calculus learning and problem-solving in the context of two first-semester undergraduate calculus courses in the USA. We assessed students' problem-solving abilities in a common US calculus course design that included traditional lecture and assessment with problem-solving-oriented labs. We investigate…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Problem Solving, Mathematics Skills
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Sheryn, Louise; Ell, Fiona – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
Debates about how undergraduate mathematics should be taught are informed by different views of what it is to learn and to do mathematics. In this qualitative study 10 students enrolled in an advanced undergraduate course in mathematics shared their views about how they best learn mathematics. After participating in a semester-long course in…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Student Attitudes
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Kensington-Miller, Barbara; Sneddon, Jamie; Stewart, Sepideh – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
The changes in academic identity a teacher may undergo, as they modify their teaching practice, will vary depending on their experiences and the support they receive. In this paper, we describe the shifts in academic identity of two lecturers, a mathematician and a mathematics educator, as they both made changes to their teaching practice by…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, Educational Practices, Mathematics Teachers, College Mathematics
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Raychaudhuri, Debasree – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
Although there is no consensus in regard to a unique meaning for abstraction, there is a recognition of the existence of several theories of abstraction, and that the ability to abstract is imperative to learning and doing meaningful mathematics. The theory of "reducing abstraction" maps the abstract nature of mathematics to the nature…
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Equations (Mathematics), Mathematics Education, Undergraduate Students
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Latulippe, Christine; Latulippe, Joe – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
This qualitative study surveyed 102 differential-equations students in order to investigate how students participating in writing projects in university-level mathematics courses perceive the benefits of writing in the mathematics classroom. Based on previous literature on writing in mathematics, students were asked specifically about the benefits…
Descriptors: Writing Exercises, Student Attitudes, Calculus, Qualitative Research
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Fukawa-Connelly, Timothy – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
This paper provides a method for analysing undergraduate teaching of proof-based courses using Toulmin's model (1969) of argumentation. It presents a case study of one instructor's presentation of proofs. The analysis shows that the instructor presents different levels of detail in different proofs; thus, the students have an inconsistent set of…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Case Studies, Mathematics Instruction
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Ní Fhloinn, Eabhnat; Bhaird, Ciarán Macan; Nolan, Brien – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
Many universities issue mathematical diagnostic tests to incoming first-year students, covering a range of the basic concepts with which they should be comfortable from secondary school. As far as many lecturers are concerned, the purpose of this test is to determine the students' mathematical knowledge on entry. It should also provide an early…
Descriptors: Diagnostic Tests, Student Attitudes, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education
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Verzosa, Debbie; Guzon, Angela Fatima; De Las Peñas, Ma. Louise Antonette N. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
Although dynamic geometry software has been extensively used for teaching calculus concepts, few studies have documented how these dynamic tools may be used for teaching the rigorous foundations of the calculus. In this paper, we describe lesson sequences utilizing dynamic tools for teaching the epsilon-delta definition of the limit and the…
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Weber, Keith; Mejia-Ramos, Juan Pablo – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
We argue that mathematics majors learn little from the proofs they read in their advanced mathematics courses because these students and their teachers have different perceptions about students' responsibilities when reading a mathematical proof. We used observations from a qualitative study where 28 undergraduates were observed evaluating…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Students
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Tickle, Leonie; Kyng, Tim; Wood, Leigh N. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
The role of universities in preparing students to use spreadsheet and other technical software in the financial services workplace has been investigated through surveys of university graduates, university academics, and employers. It is found that graduates are less skilled users of software than employers would like, due at least in part to a…
Descriptors: Financial Services, Universities, College Role, Technology Education
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Man, Yiu-Kwong; Poon, Kin-Keung – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
In this paper, we report a pilot study on engaging a group of undergraduate students to explore the limits of sin(x)/x and tan(x)/x as x approaches to 0, with the use of non-graphic scientific calculators. By comparing the results in the pretest and the post-test, we found that the students had improvements in the tested items, which involved the…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Calculators
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Yoon, Caroline; Oates, Greg; Sneddon, Jamie – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
With the proliferation of new affordable recording technologies, many universities have begun offering students recordings of live lectures as a part of the course resources. We conducted a survey to investigate why some students choose to attend lectures in person rather than simply watching the recordings online, and how students view the two…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Lecture Method
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Toh, Pee Choon; Leong, Yew Hoong; Toh, Tin Lam; Dindyal, Jaguthsing; Quek, Khiok Seng; Tay, Eng Guan; Ho, Foo Him – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
Mathematical problem solving is the mainstay of the mathematics curriculum for Singapore schools. In the preparation of prospective mathematics teachers, the authors, who are mathematics teacher educators, deem it important that pre-service mathematics teachers experience non-routine problem solving and acquire an attitude that predisposes them to…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Number Concepts, Numbers, Teaching Methods
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Hannah, John; James, Alex; Williams, Phillipa – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
Two first-year engineering mathematics courses used computer-aided assessment (CAA) to provide students with opportunities for formative assessment via a series of weekly quizzes. Most students used the assessment until they achieved very high (>90%) quiz scores. Although there is a positive correlation between these quiz marks and the final…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Engineering Education, Mathematics Education, Formative Evaluation
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