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Tossavainen, Timo; Suomalainen, Hannele; Mäkäläinen, Tomi – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017
We examine what kind of concept definitions of area a group of Finnish primary and lower secondary student teachers (N = 82) use, and how the quality of the definitions is associated with the participants' success in seven exercises involving area. We are especially interested in how the understanding of the two-dimensionality of area appears in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers
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Hähkiöniemi, Markus – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017
Previous studies have produced several typologies of teacher questions in mathematics. Probing questions that ask students to explain are often included in the types of questions. However, only rare studies have created subtypes for probing questions or investigated how questioning differs depending on whether technology is used or not. The aims…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Computer Software
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Lappalainen, Jouni; Rosqvist, Juho – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015
This paper explores the ways students perceive the transfer of learned knowledge to new situations -- often a surprisingly difficult prospect. The novel aspect compared to the traditional transfer studies is that the learning phase is not a part of the experiment itself. The intention was only to activate acquired knowledge relevant to the…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Student Attitudes, Student Experience, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Oikarinen, Juho Kaleva; Järvelä, Sanna; Kaasila, Raimo – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
This design-based research project focuses on documenting statistical learning among 16-17-year-old Finnish upper secondary school students (N = 78) in a computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environment. One novel value of this study is in reporting the shift from teacher-led mathematical teaching to autonomous small-group learning in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cooperative Learning, Secondary School Students, Statistics
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Tossavainen, Timo; Haukkanen, Pentti; Pesonen, Martti – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013
In this paper, we investigate which aspects are overriding in the concept images of monotonicity of Finnish tertiary mathematics students, i.e., on which aspects of monotonicity they base their argument in different types of exercises related to that concept. Further, we examine the relationship between the quality of principal aspects and the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, College Science, Calculus
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Back, Ralph-Johan; Mannila, Linda; Wallin, Solveig – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2010
In this article, we present the results from a qualitative study on students' initial reactions to the use of structured derivations in mathematics education. Our findings suggest that the approach increases the clarity of solutions and facilitates debugging of proofs. It also has potential to increase students' self-perceived level of…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Student Attitudes
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Muller, Eric – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2009
In this article we explore aspects of a dynamic university mathematics department and focus on its undergraduate mathematics programmes. We propose that such a department is vital, exhibits a culture that is mutually supportive and that faculty, teaching assistants and their supervisors, administrative staff and students all work towards a set of…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Mathematics Education, Exhibits, Teaching Assistants
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Oikkonen, Juha – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2009
At the University of Helsinki, special effort has been put to help beginning math students to get started with their studies. This involves new ways of teaching a lecture course and new ways of giving peer support to the students. The results have been promising: the number of students passing certain important courses has been at least doubled…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Higher Education, Mathematics Curriculum
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Pesonen, Martti E.; Malvela, Taina – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2000
Describes changes that are being made in mathematics teachers' subject studies in order to provide students with sufficiently deep knowledge of mathematics and science and with present-day expertise in their profession as teachers. Provides an abstract algebra course as the ultimate example of a pedagogical experiment where co-operative learning…
Descriptors: Algebra, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Higher Education