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Hanusch, Sarah – PRIMUS, 2020
A summative portfolio is a project completed at the end of the semester that gives a student an opportunity to look at a course as a whole. This study investigates whether collegiate mathematics students gain a deeper understanding of course material through the portfolio project, via an analysis of the students' work, and a survey of students'…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Alternative Assessment, Portfolio Assessment, Summative Evaluation
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Bieda, Kristen N.; Visnawathan, Aditya; McCrory, Raven; Sikorskii, Pavel – PRIMUS, 2020
Preparing students placing into developmental mathematics for success in undergraduate mathematics and preparing future teachers for the increasing demands of K-12 school settings are both persistent, yet seemingly divergent, problems facing higher education. In this paper, we shed light on a model that attempts to address aspects of each problem…
Descriptors: Models, Remedial Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers
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Rasmussen, Chris; Dunmyre, Justin; Fortune, Nicholas; Keene, Karen – PRIMUS, 2019
This article provides an overview of a modeling sequence that culminates in student reinvention of a bifurcation diagram. The sequence is the result of years of classroom-based research and curriculum development grounded in the instructional design theory of Realistic Mathematics Education. The sequence of modeling tasks and examples of student…
Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Inquiry
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Cook, Samuel A.; Borkovitz, Debra K. – PRIMUS, 2017
In this paper we present data from one-on-one interviews conducted with students who have taken intermediate and advanced inquiry-based mathematics courses in a program that prepares future preK-8 teachers. Many of these students entered college with a fear of math, but then gained confidence from a required introductory math course and chose to…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Introductory Courses, Inquiry, Mathematics Education
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Slavit, David; Lesseig, Kristin – PRIMUS, 2017
Applying the Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching framework, we discuss the components of teacher knowledge that might be useful in supporting mathematical inquiry, and examine ways in which we strive to develop this knowledge within a middle grades mathematics program for undergraduate students who are prospective teachers. Using sample activities…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, Teacher Education
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Barnett, Janet Heine; Lodder, Jerry; Pengelley, David – PRIMUS, 2016
Why would anyone think of teaching and learning mathematics directly from primary historical sources? We aim to answer this question while sharing our own experiences, and those of our students across several decades. We will first describe the evolution of our motivation for teaching with primary sources, and our current view of the advantages…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Primary Sources, Case Studies
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Çekmez, Erdem; Baki, Adnan – PRIMUS, 2016
The concept of a tangent is important in understanding many topics in mathematics and science. Earlier studies on students' understanding of the concept of a tangent have reported that they have various misunderstandings and experience difficulties in transferring their knowledge about the tangent line from Euclidean geometry into calculus. In…
Descriptors: Generalization, Mathematical Concepts, Comprehension, Differences
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Ford, Pari – PRIMUS, 2015
In this paper I will share my experience with flipping a math content course for pre-service elementary teachers. The flipped class format involves students receiving instruction outside the classroom through readings and/or video lectures and working on "homework" inside the classroom. I will share strategies for creating lessons for my…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Mathematics
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Zazkis, Dov; Rasmussen, Chris; Shen, Samuel P. – PRIMUS, 2014
The Riemann sum definition of integration is ubiquitous in college calculus courses. This, however, is not the only possible way to define an integral. Here, we present an alternative mean-based definition of integration. We conjecture that this definition is more accessible to students. In support of this proposition we first present a…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Mathematical Concepts
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Klanderman, David B.; Moore, Mary Webster; Maxwell, Mandi S.; Robbert, Sharon K. – PRIMUS, 2013
We describe several service-learning initiatives implemented by the mathematics and education departments. College students with majors and minors in math and math education have helped to design and implement math events for elementary and middle school students. Formal and informal reflections on these service-related experiences have…
Descriptors: Service Learning, College Students, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Activities
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Bosse, Michael J.; Ries, Heather; Chandler, Kayla – PRIMUS, 2012
Secondary school mathematics teachers often need to answer the "Why do we do that?" question in such a way that avoids confusion and evokes student interest. Understanding the properties of number systems can provide an avenue to better grasp algebraic structures, which in turn builds students' conceptual knowledge of secondary mathematics. This…
Descriptors: Algebra, Number Systems, Secondary School Mathematics, Elementary School Mathematics
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Odafe, Victor U. – PRIMUS, 2011
Probability knowledge and skills are needed in science and in making daily decisions that are sometimes made under uncertain conditions. Hence, there is the need to ensure that the pre-service teachers of our children are well prepared to teach probability. Pre-service teachers' conceptions of probability are identified, and ways of helping them…
Descriptors: Probability, Mathematics Instruction, Preservice Teachers, Mathematical Concepts
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Otten, Samuel; Corcoran, Edward A. – PRIMUS, 2011
This article introduces a mathematical entity, the varimeter, that can be used to engage future mathematics teachers in reflection about the structure of measurement systems, thus aiding in the development of insight and understanding which may be beneficial to the future teachers when they work with their own students on measurement. Furthermore,…
Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Libeskind, Shlomo – PRIMUS, 2011
In this article, the author suggests that to improve the teaching of mathematics in elementary schools, we must, when teaching content courses to prospective teachers, model the kind of teaching we want them to engage in. The author suggests ways to model this kind of teaching, which include the following: (1) challenge "all" students; (2)…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education
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Kurz, Terri L. – PRIMUS, 2011
Research shows that preservice teachers can enhance their growth and development through interactions with children in the school setting as a component of their coursework in education. Additionally, preservice teachers feel they need more interactions with parents in their university preparation. Family Math Night has the potential to address…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Methods, Field Experience Programs
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