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Lewis, Drew; Clontz, Steven; Estis, Julie – PRIMUS, 2021

Team-Based Learning (TBL) is a cooperative learning strategy blending elements of flipped learning, inquiry-based learning, and problem-based learning. Although used quite frequently in other disciplines, use of this strategy in mathematics has been limited. In this article, we describe how TBL can be implemented in math courses with adherence to…

Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Inquiry, Active Learning, Flipped Classroom

Sole, Marla A. – PRIMUS, 2021

Financial literacy is ideally suited to be integrated into mathematics courses and taught in an interdisciplinary manner. Students learn best and are motivated when tackling real-world meaningful questions. This article shares how elementary mathematics was applied to better understand the debate about raising the minimum wage and the United…

Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Money Management, Mathematics Instruction, Authentic Learning

Mayes-Tang, Sarah – PRIMUS, 2020

Creativity plays an important role in mathematics, but it can be overlooked in undergraduate courses. This article describes three ways an existing first-year math seminar was modified to increase its focus on creativity: introducing readings and discussions related to creativity, drawing connections to creativity in other disciplines, and adding…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Creativity, Teaching Methods, College Mathematics

Ko, Sei Jin; Marx, David M.; Nickerson, Susan D.; Bjorkman, Katie – PRIMUS, 2020

In this paper we provide a detailed account of how to implement a peer role model (PRM) program similar to the one that we developed at San Diego State University (SDSU) to broaden participation of college women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In particular, we summarize our findings of the PRM program's best practices,…

Descriptors: Role Models, Peer Influence, College Students, Calculus

Kelly, Jessica Stewart – PRIMUS, 2020

When contemplating the introduction of mastery grading into the classroom, a fear of student resistance can prevent the implementation entirely. However, by taking a proactive stance against student resistance, instructors can give mastery grading the best chance of being successful. This paper focuses on the ways in which the instructor can…

Descriptors: Grading, Resistance (Psychology), Student Motivation, Motivation Techniques

Cilli-Turner, Emily; Dunmyre, Justin; Mahoney, Thomas; Wiley, Chad – PRIMUS, 2020

While you may be ready to make the change to implementing Mastery Grading, you may still wonder exactly how to do this. This paper seeks to compile recommendations on implementing mastery grading from various sources as well as examples from our own experiences. The reader should expect a detailed overview of the components involved in mastery…

Descriptors: Grading, Mastery Learning, Evaluation Methods, Program Implementation

Harsy, Amanda – PRIMUS, 2020

As educators, it is important for us to recognize that our assessment methods affect student attitudes. If we want students to learn from their mistakes and counteract a fixed-mindset of learning, perhaps we should look at what we incentivize in the classroom. Some professors are attempting to counteract math and test anxiety, poor STEM retention,…

Descriptors: Testing, Mastery Tests, Mastery Learning, Mathematics Instruction

Selbach-Allen, Megan E.; Greenwald, Sarah J.; Ksir, Amy E.; Thomley, Jill E. – PRIMUS, 2020

In this paper, we compare and contrast our experiences in using standards-based grading in different courses and across two separate institutions to explore the related tradeoffs and subtleties in designing and implementing such grading systems, guided by innovation diffusion theory. We summarize our individual courses, use Linda Nilson's criteria…

Descriptors: Grading, Standards, Evaluation Methods, College Faculty

Diedrichs, Danilo R. – PRIMUS, 2019

Harvesting models based on ordinary differential equations are commonly used in the fishery industry and wildlife management to model the evolution of a population depleted by harvest mortality. We present a project consisting of a series of scenarios based on fishery harvesting models to teach the application of theoretical concepts learned in a…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Equations (Mathematics), Calculus, Industry

Shelton, Therese; Laurent, Theresa; Agyemang-Barimah, Beulah – PRIMUS, 2019

We present adaptable activities for models of drug movement in the human body -- pharmacokinetics -- that motivate the learning of ordinary differential equations with an interdisciplinary topic. Specifically, we model aspirin, caffeine, and digoxin. We discuss the pedagogy of guiding students to understand, develop, and analyze models,…

Descriptors: Equations (Mathematics), Active Learning, Calculus, Pharmacology

McCarthy, Chris; Lan, Jie; Li, Jieying – PRIMUS, 2019

We present noncompetitive adsorption as "particles in a box with one sticky wall." We start with a general model that can be modeled as a simple ordinary differential equation (ODE). To verify the ODE students run a computer simulation. The ODE's solution imperfectly fits the simulation's data. This leads to the diffusion partial…

Descriptors: Equations (Mathematics), Mathematical Models, Problem Solving, Computer Simulation

White, D.; Sullivan, E. – PRIMUS, 2018

Teaching teachers to participate in mathematical inquiry has the potential to both transform belief systems about mathematics and to transform teachers from consumers of mathematics to producers of mathematics. The focus of this paper is to describe the use of a problem, based on a non-traditional binary operation, to encourage and teach…

Descriptors: Inquiry, Preservice Teachers, Inservice Teacher Education, Problem Solving

Daugulis, Peteris; Sondore, Anita – PRIMUS, 2018

Efficient visualizations of computational algorithms are important tools for students, educators, and researchers. In this article, we point out an innovative visualization technique for matrix multiplication. This method differs from the standard, formal approach by using block matrices to make computations more visual. We find this method a…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Matrices, Visualization, Multiplication

Helmreich, James E.; Krog, K. Peter – PRIMUS, 2018

We present a short, inquiry-based learning course on concepts and methods underlying ordinary least squares (OLS), least absolute deviation (LAD), and quantile regression (QR). Students investigate squared, absolute, and weighted absolute distance functions (metrics) as location measures. Using differential calculus and properties of convex…

Descriptors: Least Squares Statistics, Regression (Statistics), Active Learning, Inquiry

Buell, Catherine A.; Greenstein, Steven; Wilstein, Zahava – PRIMUS, 2017

It is widely accepted in the mathematics education community that pedagogies oriented toward inquiry are aligned with a constructivist theory of learning, and that these pedagogies effectively support students' learning of mathematics. In order to promote such an orientation, we first separate the idea of inquiry from its conception as a…

Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction