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Munakata, Mika; Vaidya, Ashwin; Monahan, Ceire; Krupa, Erin – PRIMUS, 2021
This paper describes the development and implementation of course modules intended to encourage creative thinking in an undergraduate general education mathematics course. The modules were designed to address the characteristics of creativity outlined in the literature through explorations of mathematics relevant to non-mathematics majors. A…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Creative Thinking, Undergraduate Study, College Mathematics
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Lewis, Drew; Clontz, Steven; Estis, Julie – PRIMUS, 2021
Team-Based Learning (TBL) is a cooperative learning strategy blending elements of flipped learning, inquiry-based learning, and problem-based learning. Although used quite frequently in other disciplines, use of this strategy in mathematics has been limited. In this article, we describe how TBL can be implemented in math courses with adherence to…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Inquiry, Active Learning, Flipped Classroom
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Villalobos, Cristina; Kim, Hyung Won; Huber, Timothy J.; Knobel, Roger; Setayesh, Shaghayegh; Sasidharan, Lekshmi; Galstyan, Anahit; Balogh, Andras – PRIMUS, 2021
Research indicates multi-section coordination improves the academic performance of students in STEM education. This paper describes the process of coordination in Precalculus, Calculus 1, and Calculus 2 courses undertaken by a large department that grew from the merger of two institutions through a pilot program and a project grant. Components…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Calculus, Success, Mathematics Achievement
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Goyer, Alysia; Lynch, Alison; Wand, Jeffrey – PRIMUS, 2021
With the goal of improving student success, the chancellor of the California State University (CSU) system issued an executive order that required all CSU campuses to eliminate remedial math courses as of Fall 2018 and place all first-year students into appropriate General Education (GE) mathematics/quantitative reasoning courses. The Mathematics…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, College Mathematics, College Freshmen
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Lange, Karin E.; Deiger, Megan; Bourque, Matthew; Tingley, Peter; Peters, Emily; Jordan, Laurie E.; Giaquinto, Anthony – PRIMUS, 2021
In the context of national collaborative efforts to increase the prevalence of active learning strategies in undergraduate precalculus and calculus classrooms, we discuss the context, strategy, and processes used at one university to create change within a mathematics department. We highlight the use of a unified active learning approach and the…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Active Learning, Teaching Methods
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Krause, Andrew J.; Maccombs, Ryan J.; Wong, Willie W. Y. – PRIMUS, 2021
Our traditional model of calculus instruction at a large public research university emphasized factual knowledge and procedural fluency with few realistic applications, leaving a chasm between classroom mathematics and disciplinary practice. Amid an ongoing effort by our department to improve undergraduate learning outcomes, we replaced…
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study
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Hancock, Emilie; Franco, Lorraine; Bagley, Spencer; Karakok, Gulden – PRIMUS, 2021
As calculus instruction moves further from lecture-based instruction toward student-centered pedagogy, support services must align with the changing goals for the course. This paper describes the work of a department as they collectively design and redesign a co-requisite Calculus I course, in an effort to better promote students' academic and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Social Integration
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Bleiler-Baxter, Sarah K.; Pair, Jeffrey D.; Reed, Samuel D. – PRIMUS, 2021
Students often view their role as that of a replicator, rather than a creator, of mathematical arguments. We aimed to engage our students more fully in the creation process, helping them to see themselves as legitimate proof creators. In this paper, we describe an instructional activity (i.e., the "group proof activity") that is…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Validity, Mathematical Logic
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McNicholl, T. H.; Frank, K.; Hogenson, K.; Roat, J.; Carlson, M. P. – PRIMUS, 2021
We discuss an implementation of the research-based Pathways precalculus curriculum in a large-lecture format supported by recitations, clickers, and online homework. We describe our approach to adapting the implementation of Pathways precalculus from a small class to a large lecture instructional format. We report data on student learning and…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Teaching Methods, Calculus
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Reinholz, Daniel L. – PRIMUS, 2020
This article describes an inquiry-oriented real analysis classroom in which students were guided to discover mathematics for themselves. To support student inquiry, the framework of "five practices" from K-12 education was used. To illustrate this framework, two case examples are given from actual discussions that took place in this…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Mathematical Concepts
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Peters, Travis; Johnston, Elgin; Bolles, Heather; Ogilvie, Craig; Knaub, Alexis; Holme, Thomas – PRIMUS, 2020
Team-Based Learning (TBL) uses a flipped classroom model and involves students working collaboratively in small groups, with peer assessments to promote group accountability. We implemented TBL in Calculus I in both large (N [tilde] 150) and small (N [tilde] 35) class settings. We investigated the impact of this form of instruction over two…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Mathematics Instruction, Homework, Video Technology
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Martin, Taylor E. – PRIMUS, 2019
My goal in crafting homework in calculus is twofold: to provide scaffolding for students to develop a theoretical understanding of calculus concepts and to incorporate good mathematical exposition, including justification and proof when appropriate. I achieve these goals by creating weekly homework sets that students work on in groups of three or…
Descriptors: Calculus, Homework, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts
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Larripa, Kamila; Mazzag, Borbala – PRIMUS, 2019
This article proposes that in addition to training teams of students to succeed in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, the contest and the preparation for competition can be successfully used as a framework to teach an auxiliary skill set to undergraduate STEM majors through workshop-style modules. The skills emphasized are collaboration across…
Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Competition, STEM Education, Undergraduate Students
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Sears, Ruthmae; Hopf, Frances; Torres-Ayala, Ana; Williams, Casey; Skryzpek, LesLaw – PRIMUS, 2019
We describe how faculty and staff used improvement science design Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles and engaged in interdisciplinary conversations in an effort to improve students' performance in introductory mathematics courses. This initiative started with College Algebra a course with a large enrollment of students that had a high failure rate.…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Algebra
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Ludwig, Patrice; Tongen, Anthony; Walton, Brian – PRIMUS, 2018
James Madison University faculty team-teach an interdisciplinary mathematical modeling course for mathematics and biology students. We have used two different project-based approaches to emphasize the mathematical concepts taught in class, while also exposing students to new areas of mathematics not formally covered in class. The first method…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction, Case Studies, Interdisciplinary Approach
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