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Cárcamo Bahamonde, Andrea Dorila; Fortuny Aymemí, Josep Maria; Gómez i Urgellés, Joan Vicenç – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017
In this article we present a didactic proposal for teaching linear algebra based on two compatible theoretical models: emergent models and mathematical modelling. This proposal begins with a problematic situation related to the creation and use of secure passwords, which leads students toward the construction of the concepts of spanning set and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Engineering Education, Mathematical Models
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Wiggins, Harry; Harding, Ansie; Engelbrecht, Johann – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017
This paper presents an enrichment case study to showcase a possible avenue for attending to the needs of academically strong mathematics students. We report on a group of university students who were presented with the opportunity of exploring a specific first year mathematics topic deeper, using an inquiry-based learning approach as part of an…
Descriptors: Enrichment, Enrichment Activities, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction
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Hillock, Poh Wah; Jennings, Michael; Roberts, Anthony; Scharaschkin, Victor – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013
This article describes a mathematics support programme at the University of Queensland, targeted at first-year engineering students identified as having a high risk of failing a first-year mathematics course in calculus and linear algebra. It describes how students were identified for the programme and the main features of the programme. The…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, College Freshmen, Calculus, Algebra
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Reisel, John R.; Jablonski, Marissa; Hosseini, Hossein; Munson, Ethan – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2012
A summer bridge program for incoming engineering and computer science freshmen has been used at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 2007 to 2010. The primary purpose of this program has been to improve the mathematics course placement for incoming students who initially place into a course below Calculus I on the math placement examination.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Engineering, Computer Science, Calculus
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Shorter, Nichole A.; Young, Cynthia Y. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2011
This experiment was designed to determine which assessment method: continuous assessment (in the form of daily in-class quizzes), cumulative assessment (in the form of online homework), or project-based learning, best predicted student learning (dependent upon post-test grades) in an undergraduate mathematics course. Participants included 117…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Student Evaluation, Predictor Variables, Scores
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Gonzalez-Martin, Alejandro S.; Camacho, Matias – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2004
This paper analyses the answers of a group of first-year university Mathematics students to a questionnaire, with the aim of determining the difficulties they have when carrying out non-routine tasks related to improper integrals. The questionnaire consisted of nine questions including not only calculus tasks and determining the convergence of…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Higher Education, Calculus, Mathematics Education