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Galagedera, Don; Woodward, George; Degamboda, Sunanda – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2000

Investigates the effects of perceived mathematics ability (PMA) on the learning process with special reference to undergraduates (N=147) following an elementary statistics (ES) course. Concludes that PMA itself is not a good predictor of ES performance; rather, its effect may be challenged through interest, expected grade, and motivation to do…

Descriptors: Academic Ability, Higher Education, Mathematics Skills, Statistics

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Forgasz, Helen J.; Leder, Gilah C. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2000

Focuses on one potential source of influence on students' perceptions of a tertiary mathematics learning environment. Discusses data from two large-scale surveys (N=1883) and from smaller number of interviews (N=71) with students enrolled in tertiary mathematics courses at five Australian universities. Reveals considerable variations in the…

Descriptors: College Students, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Learning

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Mason, John – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2000

Proposes that the style and format of questions used by lecturers and tutors profoundly influence students' conceptions of what mathematics is about and how it is conducted. Use of questions depends on both scaffolding and fading their use in front of students so that students internalize questions for their own learning and practice of…

Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Discourse Modes, Higher Education, Mathematics Instruction

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Thomas, Jan – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2000

Mathematics education at every level is increasingly influenced by powerful bureaucrats rather than by the profession. Suggests that mathematical scientists should try to understand the political forces affecting mathematics education for the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) study on teaching and learning mathematics at…

Descriptors: Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Mathematics Education

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Monaghan, John – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2000

Algebraic calculators with symbolic manipulation capabilities are tools in some classrooms for 14-19 year olds, and their use in learning and teaching mathematics is likely to increase over time. Explains the reports of government-initiated working groups that consider the implications of their use in academic mathematics examinations for…

Descriptors: Algebra, Calculators, Evaluation, Foreign Countries

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Croft, A. C. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2000

Describes the Centre at Loughborough University whose purpose is to provide a range of resources and services for students over and above those normally available. Discusses the philosophy behind its development and details a wide range of practical issues. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Educational Administration, Educational Facilities, Educational Resources, Foreign Countries

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Imai, Toshihiro – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2000

Aims to find the influence of overcoming fixation in mathematical problem-solving towards divergent thinking in open-ended mathematics problems. Presents findings from an investigation of Japanese junior high school students. Reports that students who can overcome fixation in mathematics can contribute varied and original ideas in open-ended…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Junior High Schools, Mathematics Education, Problem Solving

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Graham, Ted; Rowlands, Stuart – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2000

Discusses reasons for and ways of using computer software to teach mechanics. Describes using software to explore mechanics, challenge misconceptions, make links between mathematical representations and motion, and solve non-standard problems. Stresses the need for structured approaches to the use of software. (Contains 24 references.) (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Higher Education, Mechanics (Physics)

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Nichol, Ray; Robinson, Jim – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2000

Explores the characteristics of indigenous learners and pedagogical strategies to assist in both student learning and teacher delivery. Focuses on teaching mathematics to Aboriginal learners and non-Aboriginal students in Australia and elsewhere. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, Cultural Influences, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups

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Singh, Parmjit – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2000

Investigates the concepts of ratio and proportion constructed by grade 9 students by investigating their proportional reasoning schemes and procedures on three types of tasks: missing value, numerical comparison, and qualitative reasoning. Indicates that students frequently used additive reasoning--that is, a comparison of two numbers by…

Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Foreign Countries

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Almeida, Dennis – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2000

Presents an initial analysis of a quantitative study of a large sample of mathematics undergraduates in the United Kingdom which describes their declared perceptions about proof, and a qualitative study of a sub-sample of these students which analyzes their proof perceptions as well as their actual proof practices. (Contains 17 references.)…

Descriptors: College Students, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Mathematics Education

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de Alwis, Tilak – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2000

Describes how to use the computer algebra system (CAS) Mathematica to analyze projectile motion with and without air resistance. These experiments result in several conjectures leading to theorems. (Contains 17 references.) (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Algebra, College Science, Computer Uses in Education, Higher Education

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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