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Lahme, Brigitte; Shott, Martha – PRIMUS, 2021

In 2011, Sonoma State University developed a STEM first-year experience (supported by NSF STEP grant 1068445) that combines general education requirements in mathematics, biology, and critical thinking. The mathematics content includes topics from precalculus and elementary statistics, with a particular focus on using functions and modeling with…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, STEM Education

The Eighth Characteristic for Successful Calculus Programs: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Practices

Hagman, Jessica Ellis – PRIMUS, 2021

Through a multi-year, national calculus study, researchers have recently identified seven characteristics of successful college calculus programs. We identified these seven characteristics by visiting five doctoral-granting mathematics departments with successful calculus programs and uncovering the common traits among them. These seven traits…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Inclusion, Preservice Teacher Education

Moore-Russo, Deborah; Kornelson, Keri; Savic, Milos; Andrews, Candace – PRIMUS, 2021

In this case study, we use organizational development and change theory to look at how the University of Oklahoma (OU) has attended to the mathematical pathway leading to STEM fields. Using multiple sources of data, we are able to create an informative narrative that provides the particular context of the situation and in-depth picture of the…

Descriptors: Organizational Change, Organizational Development, College Mathematics, STEM Education

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

Robinson, Samantha – PRIMUS, 2020

This quasi-experimental, pre-post study with non-equivalent comparison groups explores the potential for resequencing of course content to affect positive change in an undergraduate, introductory statistics course at a mid-sized, flagship university that is located in a southern state. Quantitative analyses suggest that the implementation of…

Descriptors: Sequential Approach, Instructional Effectiveness, Introductory Courses, Statistics

Ackerman, Michael; Fenton, William E.; Raymond, Anne M. – PRIMUS, 2020

A Mathematics Department Chair plays many roles within the department and within the university as a whole. Facilitating the development and teaching of mathematics services courses requires working with mathematics faculty as well as members of other departments on campus. In this paper, we discuss many issues related to the Department Chair's…

Descriptors: Department Heads, Administrator Role, Mathematics Instruction, Course Content

Sole, Marla A. – PRIMUS, 2016

Open-ended questions that can be solved using different strategies help students learn and integrate content, and provide teachers with greater insights into students' unique capabilities and levels of understanding. This article provides a problem that was modified to allow for multiple approaches. Students tended to employ high-powered, complex,…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, Feedback (Response), Teaching Methods

Nikolov, Margaret C.; Withers, Wm. Douglas – PRIMUS, 2016

We propose a new course structure to address the needs of college students with previous calculus study but no course validations as an alternative to repeating the first year of calculus. Students are introduced directly to topics from Calculus III unpreceded by a formal review of topics from Calculus I or II, but with additional syllabus time…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Calculus

Hitchman, Theron J.; Shaw, Douglas – PRIMUS, 2015

Inquiry-based learning (IBL) techniques can be used in mathematics courses for non-majors, such as courses required for liberal arts majors to fulfill graduation requirements. Unique challenges are discussed, followed by adaptations of IBL techniques to overcome those challenges.

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Liberal Arts, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study

Rash, Agnes; Weld, Kathryn – PRIMUS, 2013

In this introduction to the Special Issue on Capstone Courses we describe a range of models for the capstone course, common goals for these different courses, popular teaching methods, the use of capstone courses in program assessment, and issues related to course maintenance and faculty development.

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Curriculum, Course Content, Curriculum Design

Kelsey, Gregory
A. – PRIMUS, 2013

I present a unit on voting theory and social choice taught as the beginning of a liberal arts mathematics course for undergraduates. In this unit, students voted on the final grade calculation formula and topics to cover during the semester and then analyzed the results using various voting systems. I believe that by allowing my students to…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Grades (Scholastic)

Karls, Michael A. – PRIMUS, 2010

At the suggestion of a colleague, I read "The Code Book", [32], by Simon Singh to get a basic introduction to the RSA encryption scheme. Inspired by Singh's book, I designed a Ball State University Honors Colloquium in Mathematics for both majors and non-majors, with material coming from "The Code Book" and many other sources. This course became…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Homework

Hodge, Angela M.; Gerberry, Carla V.; Moss, Erin R.; Staples, Megan E. – PRIMUS, 2010

The content coursework of preservice secondary mathematics teachers (PSMTs) is a current topic of concern in both the mathematics and education fields. There is a need to determine the knowledge and dispositions necessary to teach secondary mathematics and how coursework can help PSMTs develop the appropriate knowledge and dispositions. In…

Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, College Faculty

Alsardary, Salar; Blumberg, Phyllis – PRIMUS, 2009

We describe a learner-centered upper-level mathematics course where the students present the material to the class instead of the instructor, and the students make presentations on applied topics at the regional MAA meeting. After take-home examinations the students can discuss their answers one-on-one with the instructor. The students liked the…

Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Learner Controlled Instruction

Beers, Donna Lee; Davidson, Ellen May – PRIMUS, 2009

This article describes a collaboration between two faculty members, one from mathematics and the other from education, to strengthen the preparation of pre-service elementary school teachers for teaching mathematics. The model used is a learning community which combines a mathematics content course offered by the mathematics department, with a…

Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum, Cooperative Planning

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