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Radzimski, Vanessa; Leung, Fok-Shuen; Sargent, Pam; Prat, Alain – PRIMUS, 2021

We discuss an innovative course model used in first-year calculus courses at a large North American research university, which we refer to as the "Blended Model." We argue that our model takes the best features of lectures, flipped classrooms, and traditional recitations, and gathers them into a cohesive, robust structure that benefits…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Flipped Classroom, Calculus, Research Universities

Rapke, Tina; Hall, Jennifer; Marynowski, Richelle – PRIMUS, 2021

We describe a method that instructors can use to grade tests and assignments that can be used in follow-up inquiry-based activities in class to review material. The grading process is essentially a sorting of student assignment/test responses based on the instructor's conception of what makes responses acceptable. The instructor can assign a grade…

Descriptors: Grading, Assignments, Tests, Inquiry

Garaschuk, Kseniya M.; Cytrynbaum, Eric N. – PRIMUS, 2019

Active learning techniques, such as peer instruction and group work, have been gaining a lot of traction in universities. Taking a natural next step in re-evaluating current practices, many institutions recently started experimenting student-centred group exams. In order to assess the feasibility and effectiveness of collaborative assessments, we…

Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Mathematics Instruction, Group Testing, Group Activities

Lovric, Miroslav – PRIMUS, 2018

We discuss teaching and learning situations that surfaced when computer programming and mathematics were brought together in a course where students write computer code to explore mathematics problems. Combining programming and mathematics creates a rich ecosystem which, on top of traditional mathematics activities (writing solutions, proofs,…

Descriptors: Programming, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Problem Solving

DeDieu, Lauren; Lovric, Miroslav – PRIMUS, 2018

The use of writing to learn mathematics at the university-level is a pedagogical tool that has been gaining momentum. The setting of this study is a second-year differential equations class where written assignments have been incorporated into the course. By analyzing survey results and students' written work, we examine the extent to which…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Equations (Mathematics)

Bruni, Carmen; Koch, Christina; Konrad, Bernhard; Lindstrom, Michael; Moyles, Iain; Thompson, Will – PRIMUS, 2016

The Math Exam/Education Resources (MER) is an open online learning resource hosted at The University of British Columbia (UBC), aimed at providing mathematics education resources for students and instructors at UBC. In this paper, there will be a discussion of the motivation for creating this resource on the MediaWiki platform, key features of the…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Educational Resources, Mathematics Education

Taylor, Tara; Knoll, Eva; Landry, Wendy – PRIMUS, 2016

Students often struggle with concepts from abstract algebra. Typical classes incorporate few ways to make the concepts concrete. Using a set of woven paper artifacts, this paper proposes a way to visualize and explore concepts (symmetries, groups, permutations, subgroups, etc.). The set of artifacts used to illustrate these concepts is derived…

Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematical Concepts, Generalization, Abstract Reasoning

Oates, Greg; Paterson, Judy; Reilly, Ivan; Woods, Grant – PRIMUS, 2016

We report on three approaches taken to incorporate collaborative activities into undergraduate mathematics classes. There is strong evidence from research in K-12 classrooms that these, and similar, approaches support a range of positive learning outcomes for students. Despite the potential benefits the cited studies have shown, research into the…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Cooperative Learning

Brandt, Jim; Lunt, Jana; Meilstrup, Gretchen Rimmasch – PRIMUS, 2016

Educators often argue that mathematics should be taught so that the students in the course are actually "doing mathematics." Is there a consensus among mathematicians and mathematics educators as to the meaning of "doing mathematics?" In an effort to answer this question, we administered a survey to hundreds of university-level…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Professional Personnel, Mathematics Teachers, College Faculty

Kalajdzievska, Darja – PRIMUS, 2014

In many post-secondary, introductory mathematics courses failure and withdrawal rates are reaching as high as 50% and average GPA is steadily decreasing. This is a problem that has been witnessed across the globe. With widespread reforms taking place in K-12 mathematics education, many innovative teaching strategies have been created, implemented,…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Student Motivation

Jonker, Leo – PRIMUS, 2008

It is possible to get prospective elementary school teachers to learn interesting mathematics well by not only requiring that they learn the material in a mathematics course but also requiring that they teach it as part of an enrichment program at the middle school level. This article discusses the reasons for such a course, and describes a…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Enrichment Activities, Elementary School Teachers, Enrichment

Striving for Reform Based Practice in University Settings: Using Groups in Large Mathematics Classes

Kajander, Ann – PRIMUS, 2006

As school curricula undergo changes in both content and pedagogy, pressure is placed on teacher preparation programs and undergraduate mathematics departments to model learning environments in mathematics appropriate for education students. Yet the reality of many post-secondary mathematics courses includes traditional style classes containing a…

Descriptors: Educational Change, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Classroom Environment