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Laursen, Sandra L.; Hassi, Marja-Liisa; Hough, Sarah – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016

This mixed-methods study describes classroom characteristics and student outcomes from university mathematics courses that are based in mathematics departments, targeted to future pre-tertiary teachers, and taught with inquiry-based learning (IBL) approaches. The study focused on three two-term sequences taught at two research universities,…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Active Learning, Inquiry, Teacher Education

Cook, Samuel A.; Fukawa-Connelly, Timothy – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016

Studies have shown that at the end of an introductory statistics course, students struggle with building block concepts, such as mean and standard deviation, and rely on procedural understandings of the concepts. This study aims to investigate the understandings entering freshman of a department of mathematics and statistics (including mathematics…

Descriptors: Majors (Students), Mathematics, Statistics, College Freshmen

Code, Warren; Merchant, Sandra; Maciejewski, Wes; Thomas, Matthew; Lo, Joseph – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016

One goal of an undergraduate education in mathematics is to help students develop a productive disposition towards mathematics. A way of conceiving of this is as helping mathematical novices transition to more expert-like perceptions of mathematics. This conceptualization creates a need for a way to characterize students' perceptions of…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Attitudes, Undergraduate Students

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

Jones, Steven R. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015

Few studies on calculus limits have centred their focus on student understanding of limits at infinity or infinite limits that involve continuous functions (as opposed to discrete sequences). This study examines student understanding of these types of limits using both pure mathematics and applied-science functions and formulas. Seven calculus…

Descriptors: Calculus, Logical Thinking, Mathematics, Mathematical Concepts

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

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 naïve 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

Jukic, Ljerka; Dahl, Bettina – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2012

This article reports the concluding part of a larger study on retention of key procedural and conceptual concepts in differential and integral calculus among Croatian and Danish university students in non-mathematics study programmes. The first parts of the study examined the retention of the students' knowledge through a questionnaire testing…

Descriptors: Testing, Calculus, College Students, Mathematics

Man, Yiu-Kwong – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2012

Partial fraction decomposition is a useful technique often taught at senior secondary or undergraduate levels to handle integrations, inverse Laplace transforms or linear ordinary differential equations, etc. In recent years, an improved Heaviside's approach to partial fraction decomposition was introduced and developed by the author. An important…

Descriptors: Tests, Algebra, Equations (Mathematics), Foreign Countries