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McClendon, David M.; Weller, Kirk; Trouba, Jerome; Brigance, Sandra; Dekker, Michael – PRIMUS, 2021
In this paper, we describe the evolution of calculus instruction at a mid-sized, career-oriented, comprehensive public university. Changes in practice, that began with a single faculty member implementing technology as a tool for student inquiry, have spread to other department faculty via support from an internal grant, workshops, and the use of…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Educational Change, Calculus
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Mingus, Tabitha T. Y.; Koelling, Melinda – PRIMUS, 2021
Faced with students failing to complete Calculus 1 at rates of almost 50%, the Department of Mathematics at Western Michigan University addressed the lack of progression of STEM majors through this gateway course and, thus, through their intended majors. In this case study, we describe the four-year process of redesigning our single variable…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Calculus, Mathematics Achievement, Introductory Courses
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Zimmerman, Jane K. – PRIMUS, 2020
Standards-based grading (SBG) is an assessment/grading system that attaches scores to the mastery level of specific learning objectives. This methodology is gaining momentum in the K-12 environment but has been largely overlooked at the post-secondary level. In this paper, I will discuss the implementation of this practice in a College Algebra…
Descriptors: Grading, Standards, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics
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Piercey, Victor; Cullen, Roxanne – PRIMUS, 2017
In order to improve problem-solving dispositions, a section of an inquiry-based math sequence for first-year business students was linked with a section of our general education English sequence. We describe how the linked classes worked and compare some preliminary results from linked and unlinked sections of the math sequence.
Descriptors: Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving
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Bell, Robert W.; Zeleke, Aklilu – PRIMUS, 2017
Mentoring undergraduate students in research is both rewarding and challenging. In this paper we present how we established a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in the mathematical sciences at Michigan State University. A goal of our REU is to include students who are at an early stage of their study of mathematics. We…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Mentors, Student Research, Summer Programs
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Talbert, Robert – PRIMUS, 2015
In this paper, we examine the benefits of employing an inverted or "flipped" class design in a Transition-to-Proof course for second-year mathematics majors. The issues concomitant with such courses, particularly student acquisition of "sociomathematical norms" and self-regulated learning strategies, are discussed along with…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Blended Learning, Educational Technology
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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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Kasman, Reva – PRIMUS, 2006
This paper describes writing assignments from a modern algebra course which were used to foster the development of proof-writing skills. Each assignment consists of proofs and mathematical work supposedly written by fictional characters, where the proofs are designed to illustrate common misconceptions, difficult points, and typical writing flaws.…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Writing Skills, Mathematics Instruction, Misconceptions
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Boelkins, Matthew – PRIMUS, 2005
In teaching a course without a textbook, we introduce a project in which students develop their own text. Details of the project, student reactions, benefits to students, and more are discussed. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Student Reaction, Student Attitudes, Writing (Composition), Textbooks
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Billings, Esther; Schlicker, Steven; Novotny, Karen; Tefera, Akalu – PRIMUS, 2004
The Departments of Mathematics and Statistics at Grand Valley State University are engaged in a project to address the mathematical preparation of all its majors, including prospective elementary and secondary mathematics teachers. In this article, we describe how the mathematics and mathematics education faculty in our mathematics department…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Mathematics Education, Learning Motivation, Mathematical Concepts
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LaRose, P. Gavin; Megginson, Robert – PRIMUS, 2003
Gateway tests provide a means of assuring that students in reformed precalculus and calculus courses acquire the algebraic and computational skills needed in courses following these, while allowing the focus of the course to be on the conceptual understanding intrinsic to the reformed courses. However, logistical difficulties plague the…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Student Attitudes, Testing, Calculus