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Yurasovskaya, Ekaterina – PRIMUS, 2021
Service-learning provides a versatile pedagogical platform that can improve the academic performance of participating students and open space for a discussion of issues of social justice within a mathematics classroom. We describe our Precalculus course with a service-learning component, in which university students regularly tutor algebra…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Social Justice
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Osborne, Jason M.; Cook, William; Bossé, Michael J. – PRIMUS, 2021
In this paper we introduce the reader to a foundational topic of differential geometry: the curvature of a curve. To make this topic engaging to a wide audience of readers, we develop this intuitive introduction employing only basic geometry without calculus and derivatives. It is hoped that this introduction will encourage many more to both…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Geometry, Geometric Concepts, High Schools
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Childers, Annie Burns; Lu, Lianfang; Hairston, Joshua; Squires, Timothy – PRIMUS, 2021
This paper reports on mathematics remediation efforts at a public 4-year institution. Specifically, it describes redesign efforts that led to the implementation of co-requisite mathematics remediation. Data on this program were collected and analyzed with respect to completion rates, length of time to earn college mathematics credit, and factors…
Descriptors: Remedial Mathematics, College Students, Program Effectiveness, College Mathematics
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Bossé, Michael J.; Cook, William J.; Castonguay, Joseph M. – PRIMUS, 2020
Following a line of inquiry regarding the exact number of real roots of a real polynomial, this investigation considers: Descartes' Rule of Signs, the Budan-Fourier Theorem, and versions of Sturm's Method in contrast with the approximate root count gleaned from graphing utilities. Online applets are provided to allow the reader to freely…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation, Educational Technology
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Flórez, Rigoberto; Mukherjee, Antara – PRIMUS, 2020
We describe some classic experiments on the Möbius strip, the projective plane band, and the Klein bottle band. We present our experience with freshmen college students, college teachers, high school students, and Mathematics Education graduate students. These experiments are designed to encourage readers to learn more about the properties of the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Secondary School Mathematics, Undergraduate Study
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Gordon, Sheldon P.; Gordon, Florence S. – PRIMUS, 2020
This article illustrates ways that dynamic software using some sophisticated techniques in Excel can be used to demonstrate fundamental ideas related to hypothesis testing to increase student understanding of the concepts and methods in elementary statistics courses. The article considers hypothesis tests for the population mean with large or…
Descriptors: Hypothesis Testing, Computer Software, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Sears, Ruthmae; Kersaint, Gladis; Burgos, Fernando; Wooten, Rebecca – PRIMUS, 2019
This article describes reflections of two mathematicians and a mathematics teacher educator who collaborated on the development and implementation of courses (probability and statistics connections, number concept connections, and middle school mathematics methods) for middle school mathematics preservice teachers. The instructors of the courses,…
Descriptors: Middle School Mathematics, Preservice Teachers, Knowledge Level, Mathematics Education
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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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Miller, Nathaniel – PRIMUS, 2017
This paper describes the use of Mathematics Action Research Projects (ARPs) as a capstone experience in lieu of a Master's Thesis in a Master's program for in-service secondary teachers. The ARPs include two primary components: (i) each teacher participant conducts mathematical research that is new to them on a topic that is connected in some way…
Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Secondary School Teachers, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction
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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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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
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belcastro, sarah-marie – PRIMUS, 2017
We delineate some types of structured practice (modeling, requests, feedback, and space-making) that help students learn to pose appropriate questions and to initiate exploration of those questions. Developing skills requires practice, so we suggest ways to embed structured practice into existing class sessions. Including structured practice is…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Advanced Placement Programs, Academically Gifted, High School Students
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Wasserman, Nicholas H.; Fukawa-Connelly, Timothy; Villanueva, Matthew; Mejia-Ramos, Juan Pablo; Weber, Keith – PRIMUS, 2017
Future teachers often claim that advanced undergraduate courses, even those that attempt to connect to school mathematics, are not useful for their teaching. This paper proposes a new way of designing advanced undergraduate content courses for secondary teachers. The model involves beginning with an analysis of the curriculum and practices of…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Undergraduate Study, Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Education Programs
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Worthley, Mary R.; Gloeckner, Gene W.; Kennedy, Paul A. – PRIMUS, 2016
In this study we aimed to understand who was struggling in freshman calculus courses, and why. Concentrating on the Fall sections of the class, the best predictors for success (R[superscript 2] = 0.4) were placement test results, the student's own appraisal of the quality of mathematics teaching they received in high school, and the Motivated…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Calculus, College Freshmen, College Mathematics
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Köse, Emek; Johnson, Angela C. – PRIMUS, 2016
In this article, we present a case study of a course called Women in Mathematics. Students in the course studied the lives and the mathematical contributions of women mathematicians throughout history, as well as current gender equity issues in the study of mathematics and in mathematical careers. They also mentored 20 middle school girls…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Females, Mathematics Education, Mentors
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