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Avcu, Ramazan – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2019

In this study, I analyzed and compared definitions of special quadrilaterals presented in the US and Turkish secondary school mathematics textbooks. To this end, seven textbooks from each country were examined based on the following features of mathematical definitions: form of presentation and mathematical correctness, minimality, the nature of…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Textbooks, Textbook Content, Secondary School Mathematics

Kar, Tugrul; Güler, Gürsel; Sen, Ceylan; Özdemir, Ercan – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

This study analyzed the methods used to teach the multiplication of fractions in Turkish and American textbooks. Two Turkish textbooks and two American textbooks, "Everyday Mathematics" (EM) and "Connected Mathematics 3" (CM), were analyzed. The analyses focused on the content and the nature of the mathematical problems…

Descriptors: Multiplication, Fractions, Textbook Evaluation, Textbook Content

Hong, Dae S.; Choi, Kyong Mi – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

This paper compares sections on functions and linear functions from two Korean textbooks and an American standards-based textbook (University of Chicago School Mathematics Project [UCSMP] Algebra) to understand differences and similarities among these textbooks through horizontal and vertical analyses. We found that these textbooks provide…

Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Textbooks

Barcelos Amaral, Rúbia; Hollebrands, Karen – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017

Three textbooks from Brazil and three textbooks from the United States were analysed with a focus on similarity and context-based tasks. Students' opportunities to learn similarity were examined by considering whether students were provided context-based tasks of high cognitive demand and whether those tasks included missing or superfluous…

Descriptors: Textbooks, Foreign Countries, Geometric Concepts, Geometry

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

Son, Ji-Won; Hu, Qintong – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016

In order to provide insight into cross-national differences in students' achievement, this study compares the initial treatment of the concept of function sections of Chinese and US textbooks. The number of lessons, contents, and mathematical problems were analyzed. The results show that the US curricula introduce the concept of function one year…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Textbooks

Rylands, Leanne; Simbag, Vilma; Matthews, Kelly E.; Coady, Carmel; Belward, Shaun – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013

There is general agreement in Australia and beyond that quantitative skills (QS) in science, the ability to use mathematics and statistics in context, are important for science. QS in the life sciences are becoming ever more important as these sciences become more quantitative. Consequently, undergraduates studying the life sciences require better…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Skills, College Science, College Mathematics

Carr, James R. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2012

A well-known approach to linear least squares regression is that which involves minimizing the sum of squared orthogonal projections of data points onto the best fit line. This form of regression is known as orthogonal regression, and the linear model that it yields is known as the major axis. A similar method, reduced major axis regression, is…

Descriptors: Parks, Regression (Statistics), Least Squares Statistics, Natural Sciences

Winkel, Brian J. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2012

This article offers modelling opportunities in which the phenomena of the spread of disease, perception of changing mass, growth of technology, and dissemination of information can be described by one differential equation--the logistic differential equation. It presents two simulation activities for students to generate real data, as well as…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Calculus, Diseases, Class Activities

Holton, Derek; Muller, Eric; Oikkonen, Juha; Sanchez Valenzuela, Oscar Adolfo; Zizhao, Ren – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2009

Here, we look at the enrolments of students in undergraduate mathematics courses in a number of countries. The data show various increases and decreases and we suggest some common reasons for the fluctuations. These include students' goals of a secure and well-paid job, government actions and the state of the economy in the country concerned. We…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Mathematics Education, Enrollment Trends, Trend Analysis

Bower, M. W.; Ellerton, N. F. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2007

The research reported in this paper addressed the nature of transitions between language genres in school physics. In this qualitative study, quasi-ethnographic methods were employed to understand the culture of one secondary school physics classroom in the USA. One teacher and his physics students were the participants. The teacher was…

Descriptors: Physics, Language Styles, Ethnography, Secondary Education

Wilhelm, Jennifer Anne; Confrey, Jere – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2003

This paper reports a study designed to probe the abstraction ability that US Algebra I students can achieve in moving the concepts rate of change and accumulation between motion and money contexts. The Algebra I students used the technologies motion detectors and Interactive Banking software during a replacement unit focused on slope, ratio, and…

Descriptors: Motion, Algebra, Calculus, Graphing Calculators