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Kontorovich, Igor' – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2019

This study embarks on the question in the title with the construct of epistemological status, which pertains to the solver's satisfaction with the way and the degree to which their solution had fulfilled their intellectual and psychological needs in a particular problem situation. The construct is used to hypothesize that a solver's decision to…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Problem Solving, Mathematics Skills, Equations (Mathematics)

McAlevey, Lynn G.; Stent, Alan F. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

The treatment of kurtosis in textbooks is both sparse and contradictory with applications rarely discussed. To address this, an easily understood definition of kurtosis is introduced and important applications are demonstrated. Two different approaches to teaching kurtosis are presented based on a financial application.

Descriptors: Statistical Distributions, Undergraduate Students, Probability, Statistical Data

Novak, Julia; Kensington-Miller, Barbara; Evans, Tanya – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017

This paper describes students' perspectives of a one-off flipped lecture in a large undergraduate mathematics service course. The focus was on calculating matrix determinants and was designed specifically to introduce debate and argumentation into a mathematics lecture. The intention was to promote a deeper learning and understanding through…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Computation

Klymchuk, Sergiy – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017

The article reports on the results of two case studies on the impact of the regular use of puzzles as a pedagogical strategy in the teaching and learning of engineering mathematics. The intention of using puzzles is to engage students' emotions, creativity and curiosity and also to enhance their generic thinking skills and lateral thinking…

Descriptors: Case Studies, Teaching Methods, Puzzles, Engineering

Radmehr, Farzad; Drake, Michael – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017

Several studies have explored students' understanding of the relationships between definite integrals and areas under curve(s). So far, however, there has been less attention to students' understanding of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus (FTC). In addition, students' metacognitive experiences and skills whilst solving FTC questions have not…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Calculus, Grade 12

Hoadley, Susan; Tickle, Leonie; Wood, Leigh N.; Kyng, Tim – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015

Graduates with well-developed capabilities in finance are invaluable to our society and in increasing demand. Universities face the challenge of designing finance programmes to develop these capabilities and the essential knowledge that underpins them. Our research responds to this challenge by identifying threshold concepts that are central to…

Descriptors: Curriculum, Finance Occupations, Online Surveys, Foreign Countries

Sheryn, Louise; Ell, Fiona – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014

Debates about how undergraduate mathematics should be taught are informed by different views of what it is to learn and to do mathematics. In this qualitative study 10 students enrolled in an advanced undergraduate course in mathematics shared their views about how they best learn mathematics. After participating in a semester-long course in…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Student Attitudes

Kensington-Miller, Barbara; Sneddon, Jamie; Stewart, Sepideh – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014

The changes in academic identity a teacher may undergo, as they modify their teaching practice, will vary depending on their experiences and the support they receive. In this paper, we describe the shifts in academic identity of two lecturers, a mathematician and a mathematics educator, as they both made changes to their teaching practice by…

Descriptors: Professional Identity, Educational Practices, Mathematics Teachers, College Mathematics

Yoon, Caroline; Oates, Greg; Sneddon, Jamie – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014

With the proliferation of new affordable recording technologies, many universities have begun offering students recordings of live lectures as a part of the course resources. We conducted a survey to investigate why some students choose to attend lectures in person rather than simply watching the recordings online, and how students view the two…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Lecture Method

Hannah, John; James, Alex; Williams, Phillipa – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014

Two first-year engineering mathematics courses used computer-aided assessment (CAA) to provide students with opportunities for formative assessment via a series of weekly quizzes. Most students used the assessment until they achieved very high (>90%) quiz scores. Although there is a positive correlation between these quiz marks and the final…

Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Engineering Education, Mathematics Education, Formative Evaluation

Stewart, Sepideh; Stewart, Wayne – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013

Over the past decade, many researchers have discussed the effectiveness of clickers and their potential to change the way we teach and interact with students. Although most of the literature revolves around elementary usage of clickers, the deeper questions of how to integrate this technology into teaching are largely unanswered. In this paper, we…

Descriptors: Audience Response Systems, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods

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

David, Irene; Brown, Jennifer Ann – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2012

We discuss a major change in the way we teach our first-year statistics course. We have redesigned this course with emphasis on teaching critical thinking. We recognized that most of the students take the course for general knowledge and support of other majors, and very few are planning to major in statistics. We identified the essential aspects…

Descriptors: Majors (Students), Feedback (Response), Statistics, Critical Thinking

Yoon, Caroline; Sneddon, Jamie – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2011

Tablet PCs have been increasingly used in undergraduate courses to create recorded lectures that are close copies of the live lectures. Research has shown that students are largely positive about the availability of tablet PC recorded lectures. However, there is some concern that the availability of such faithful recordings may encourage students…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Undergraduate Students

Hannah, John; James, Alex; Montelle, Clemency; Nokes, Jacqui – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2011

For many years, it has been a common practice to recognize students with high potential by according them targeted privileges and opportunities. This includes the practice of allowing students to accelerate their high school programme and, in the case of New Zealand students, to take university courses during their final school years. This work…

Descriptors: High Schools, Foreign Countries, Acceleration (Education), Scholarships

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