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Marciniak, M. A. – PRIMUS, 2020
The values and benefits of introducing undergraduate research to the college curriculum are both recognized and advocated in the literature. Although the community college environment may not appear to be favorable for undergraduate research projects in STEM fields, a dynamic and visible group of students, who take their path extremely seriously,…
Descriptors: Student Research, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, STEM Education
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Fisher, Forest; Warner, Jared; Mickelson, Nate – PRIMUS, 2019
Gentrification is a complex issue with very real repercussions for urban youth. Games make learning fun and provide a way for students to explore complex systems through recursive play. We describe a board game designed to help students explore ratios and proportional reasoning while simultaneously engaging the causes and effects of…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Social Class, Change, Middle Class
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Warner, Jared – PRIMUS, 2019
We describe a semester-long project for an introductory statistics class that studies the broken windows theory of policing and the related issues of race, policing, and criminal justice. The most impactful feature of the project is the data-collection phase, in which students attend and observe a public arraignment court session. This "Court…
Descriptors: Police, Race, Correctional Rehabilitation, Statistics
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Guy, G. Michael; Cornick, Jonathan; Puri, Karan – PRIMUS, 2016
Many colleges are finding that the use of acceleration in developmental education is a promising direction for improved student progress toward a degree or certificate. Acceleration has been defined in the literature as the reorganization of curricula and instruction in ways that facilitate the completion of educational requirements in an…
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Algebra, Problem Solving, Remedial Mathematics
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Jaafar, Reem – PRIMUS, 2016
For students with little experience in mathematical thinking and conceptualization, writing-to-learn activities (WTL) can be particularly effective in promoting discovery and understanding. For community college students embarking on a first calculus course in particular, writing activities can help facilitate the transition from an "apply…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Writing Instruction
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Cooley, Laurel; Vidakovic, Draga; Martin, William O.; Dexter, Scott; Suzuki, Jeff; Loch, Sergio – PRIMUS, 2014
This paper reports on the experience of STEM and mathematics faculty at four different institutions working collaboratively to integrate learning theory with curriculum development in a core undergraduate linear algebra context. The faculty formed a Professional Learning Community (PLC) with a focus on learning theories in mathematics and…
Descriptors: Algebra, Undergraduate Study, College Mathematics, Learning Theories
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Mesa, Vilma; Suh, Heejoo; Blake, Tyler; Whittemore, Timothy – PRIMUS, 2012
We present an analysis of several characteristics of examples in 10 college algebra textbooks used in community colleges or 4-year institutions. We analyzed the examples along four dimensions: cognitive demand, the responses expected, the use of representations, and the strategies available for verifying the correctness of the solutions. We found…
Descriptors: Algebra, Textbooks, Problem Solving, Graphing Calculators
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Khazanov, Leonid – PRIMUS, 2007
The majority of new jobs in the 21st century will require some postsecondary education. Yet more than one third of those entering college are underprepared and needful of remediation. In this essay the author shares with the reader his first experience of teaching the lowest level prealgebra course at an urban community college. This is a story of…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Algebra, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction