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Diamond, Kate; Kandola, Shelley; Weimerskirch, Mike – PRIMUS, 2021
Historically, math education at the high school and introductory college levels has focused on computational skills. With the advancement of computational technologies, problemsolving and other higher-order thinking skills should become the focal point. This article discusses ways in which the University of Minnesota has integrated problem-solving…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Skill Development, Active Learning, Calculus
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Sanft, Rebecca; Ziegler-Graham, Kathryn – PRIMUS, 2018
The Mathematics Practicum has been offered at St. Olaf College for over 30 years. The Practicum is a 4-week, January Interim course where three teams of five students work on consulting problems solicited from area businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. These problems have significant mathematical, statistical, and…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Practicums, Active Learning, Student Projects
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Frazier, Marian L.; LoFaro, Thomas; Pillers Dobler, Carolyn – PRIMUS, 2018
The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the American Statistical Association (ASA) have both updated and revised their curriculum guidelines. The guidelines of both associations recommend that students engage in a "capstone" experience, be exposed to applications, and have opportunities to communicate mathematical and…
Descriptors: Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Statistics, Mathematical Models
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Sanft, Rebecca; Walter, Anne – PRIMUS, 2016
St. Olaf College recently added a Mathematical Biology concentration to its curriculum. The core course, Mathematics of Biology, was redesigned to include a wet laboratory. The lab classes required students to collect data and implement the essential modeling techniques of formulation, implementation, validation, and analysis. The four labs…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Mathematics Instruction, Biology
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Engelke, Nicole; Karakok, Gulden; Wangberg, Aaron – PRIMUS, 2016
"WeBWorK" CLASS combines the best features of online homework and digital whiteboards to create a system that provides instructors with information on students' problem-solving processes, as well as their final answer. The system's utilization of tools that can sort students based on correct and incorrect homework and quiz answers and…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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Weng, Pangyen – PRIMUS, 2015
This article describes a developmental math course design that uses flipped instruction and self-paced learning. The design was created and taught at Metropolitan State University, where most students are returning adult students with little preparation in mathematics. The author argues that this design suits the students well: the learning…
Descriptors: Developmental Studies Programs, Remedial Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Educational Technology
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Dietz, Jill – PRIMUS, 2013
We argue that student research skills in mathematics should be honed throughout the curriculum just as such skills are built over time in the natural and physical sciences. Examples used in the mathematics program at St. Olaf College are given.
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Inquiry, Research Skills, Student Research