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Linhart, Jean Marie – PRIMUS, 2014
Writing and communication are essential skills for success in the workplace or in graduate school, yet writing and communication are often the last thing that instructors think about incorporating into a mathematics course. A mathematical modeling course provides a natural environment for writing assignments. This article is an analysis of the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematical Models, Mathematics Instruction, Writing Instruction
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Shifflet, Daniel R. – PRIMUS, 2013
In this paper we discuss why a senior capstone course is the perfect setting to reward graduating seniors with some of the more fun and interesting aspects of advanced mathematics. We provide a beginner's list of topics to consider as well as a method of implementing these tidbits outside of the classroom if time is an issue.
Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, College Mathematics, Teaching Methods, College Seniors
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Barrett, Lida K.; Long, B. Vena – PRIMUS, 2012
Constructivism is currently a hotly debated topic, with proponents and opponents equally adamant and emotional with respect to their viewpoints. Many misconceptions exist on both sides of the debate, and misuses of terminology and attribution are rampant. Constructivism is a theory of learning, not a particular approach to instruction and not a…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Elementary Secondary Education, Misconceptions, College Mathematics
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Fox, Joseph A. – PRIMUS, 2008
Encouraging students to make independent discoveries is an effective way to get them excited about mathematics, and sharing their triumphant moments (their light bulb moments) helps to spread this excitement to their peers. A Mathematics for the Liberal Arts course is a perfect venue for the sharing of light bulb moments, as it helps to correct…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, College Students, College Mathematics, Student Motivation
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Swetz, Frank J. – Primus, 2003
Raises issues and questions concerning the judicious choice of a textbook to teach the history of mathematics. (Author/KHR)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Learning Strategies, Mathematics History
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Cherkas, Barry M. – Primus, 1992
Emphasizes, and illustrates with examples, the importance of taking classroom time to rectify incorrect student thinking by immediately undoing, or unraveling, students' misconceptions, errors, or misapplications. When this process is cultivated without a judgmental attitude on the part of the teacher, students' confidence is inspired and…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Error Correction, Feedback, Learning Strategies
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Solow, Anita E. – Primus, 1991
Discusses and provides sample lessons of learning by discovery and weekly problem sets, which are presented as alternative methods for teaching college calculus. Both approaches stress conceptual understanding and guide the students to explore the ideas of calculus in small groups in a computer laboratory setting. (JJK)
Descriptors: Calculus, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Development, College Mathematics