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Warwick, Jonathan – PRIMUS, 2016
This paper describes the results of a small empirical study (n = 130), in which undergraduate students in the Business Faculty of a UK university were asked to express views and expectations relating to the study of a mathematics. Factor analysis is used to identify latent variables emerging from clusters of the measured variables and these are…
Descriptors: Expectation, Undergraduate Students, Mathematics, Business Schools
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Warwick, Jon – PRIMUS, 2010
This article describes the initial development of a qualitative system dynamics model as part of the periodic review of a mathematics course. In an effort to enhance the learning experience of undergraduate computing students (for whom the course is a compulsory part of their curriculum) a small sample of students were interviewed regarding their…
Descriptors: Learning Experience, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students, Mathematics Instruction
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Warwick, Jon – PRIMUS, 2009
The use of humor in the mathematics classroom has been advocated by many as an example of good practice in learning and teaching. In universities where the student body is drawn from diverse ethnic and social groupings, it is not clear whether a common understanding of what constitutes humor exists and therefore whether students would benefit from…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Humor, Mathematics Instruction
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Warwick, Jon – PRIMUS, 2008
The teaching of mathematical modeling to undergraduate students requires that students are given ample opportunity to develop their own models and experience first-hand the process of model building. Finding an appropriate context within which modeling can be undertaken is not a simple task as it needs to be readily understandable and seen as…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Cognitive Style, Academic Libraries, Learning Processes
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Warwick, Jon – PRIMUS, 2007
The decline in the development of mathematical skills in students prior to university entrance has been a matter of concern to UK higher education staff for a number of years. This article describes a pilot study that uses the Analytic Hierarchy Process to quantify the mathematical experiences of computing students prior to the start of a first…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, College Students, Student Needs