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Dunn, Michelle; Loch, Birgit; Scott, Wendy – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018
First-year engineering students often struggle to see the relevance of theoretical mathematical concepts for their future studies and professional careers. This is an issue, as students who do not see relevance in fundamental parts of their studies may disengage from these parts and focus their efforts on other subjects they think will be more…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Mathematics, Engineering Education, Foreign Countries
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van der Hoff, Quay; Harding, Ansie – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017
This study focuses on the mathematics department at a South African university and in particular on teaching of calculus to first year engineering students. The paper reports on a cause-effect analysis, often used for business improvement. The cause-effect analysis indicates that there are many factors that impact on secondary school teaching of…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Calculus, Engineering Education, Teaching Models
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Kensington-Miller, Barbara; Novak, Julia; Evans, Tanya – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016
This paper describes a case study of two pure mathematicians who flipped their lecture to teach matrix determinants in two large mathematics service courses (one at Stage I and the other at Stage II). The purpose of the study was to transform the passive lecture into an active learning opportunity and to introduce valuable mathematical skills,…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Mathematics, Professional Personnel, Lecture Method
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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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Craig, Tracy S. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013
Lecturers of first-year mathematics often have reason to believe that students enter university studies with na├»ve conceptions of mathematics and that more mature conceptions need to be developed in the classroom. Students' conceptions of the nature and role of mathematics in current and future studies as well as future career are pedagogically…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Engineering Education, Mathematics, Student Attitudes
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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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Klymchuk, Sergiy; Kachapova, Farida – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2012
This article is devoted to practical aspects of teaching and learning of probability at university. It presents the difficulties and attitudes of first-year university science and engineering students towards using paradoxes and counterexamples as a pedagogical strategy in teaching and learning of probability. It also presents a student's point of…
Descriptors: Probability, Higher Education, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Periago, Francisco – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2003
In this paper, a didactical proposal is presented to introduce the variational methods for solving boundary value problems to engineering students. Starting from a couple of simple models arising in linear elasticity and heat diffusion, the concept of weak solution for these models is motivated and the existence, uniqueness and continuous…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Models, Simulation