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Kasman, Alex – Primus, 2003

Presents experience with creating and teaching a course on mathematics using works of fiction as the primary texts. Describes the goal of the course as giving students an appreciation for the beauty, power, and significance of mathematics. (Author/KHR)

Descriptors: Fiction, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Interdisciplinary Approach

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Chappell, Kelly K.; Killpatrick, Kendra – Primus, 2003

Investigates the effects of instructional environment on students' conceptual understanding and procedural knowledge of calculus. Uses multiple achievement measures to determine the degree to which students from different instructional environments had mastered the concepts and procedures inherent to first semester calculus. Indicates no…

Descriptors: Calculus, Concept Formation, Educational Change, Higher Education

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DeLong, Matthew; Winter, Dale; Yackel, Carolyn A. – Primus, 2003

Describes a research-based analytical framework for motivation, activity, learning, and attribution to exam classroom management issues in student-centered instruction. Reviews research in classroom management for university and college-level classrooms. Describes the research base for the framework. (Contains 88 citations.) (Author/KHR)

Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Higher Education, Learning Activities, Learning Motivation

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Shell-Gellasch, Amy – Primus, 2003

Describes a way to teach mathematics majors as guest instructors in their classroom to utilize resources with a wealth of experience, ideas, and enthusiasm. (Author/KHR)

Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Higher Education, Learning Strategies, Majors (Students)

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Chappell, Kelly K. – Primus, 2003

Examines the performance of two groups of students in traditionally-taught second semester calculus: students who took reform first semester calculus and students who took traditionally-taught first semester calculus. Identifies and explores the issues that reform students faced as they transitioned into traditionally-taught second semester…

Descriptors: Calculus, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Higher Education

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Latterell, Carmen M.; Regal, Ronald R. – Primus, 2003

Describes the writing of a new placement test and provides detailed results of a validity study on the test. Concludes that placement testing does not work very well. Suggests that undergraduate mathematics departments consider using existing data rather than giving a separate placement test. (Author/KHR)

Descriptors: Educational Administration, Educational Policy, Evaluation, Higher Education

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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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Alexander, Daniel S.; DeAlba, Luz M. – Primus, 1997

Describes a mathematics reasoning course at Drake University and efforts to introduce collaborative, small-group, mixed-ability activities into the classroom. Comments on the ease, difficulties, rewards, and demands involved. Discusses student and instructor attitudes towards the collaborative activities. (AIM)

Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Group Instruction, Higher Education, Logic

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Sanders, Marc D. – Primus, 1997

Suggests that the lack of motivation in mathematics courses often demonstrated by undergraduates can be remedied in part by a better explanation of the intrinsic value of studying mathematics. Offers suggestions for maximizing success such as previewing topics, attending class regularly, and knowing how to read the text and how to study for exams.…

Descriptors: Higher Education, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Instruction, Student Motivation

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Revak, Marie; Pendergraft, Dave; Brown, Cynthia – Primus, 1997

Presents a murder mystery in the form of six Calculus II review problems. Students must solve the six problems to determine the murderer, murder weapon, and time and location of the murder. (AIM)

Descriptors: Area, Calculus, Differential Equations, Estimation (Mathematics)

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Witt, Ana – Primus, 1997

Describes three labs designed to help students in a first course on ordinary differential equations with three of the most common numerical difficulties they might encounter when solving initial value problems with a numerical software package. The goal of these labs is to help students advance to independent work on common numerical anomalies.…

Descriptors: Calculus, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Differential Equations

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Lehmann, Joel; Gillman, Rick – Primus, 1998

Presents a summary of insights gained by the authors after a semester of collaborative teaching. Emphasizes pedagogical and administrative insights. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Higher Education, Mathematics Instruction, Professional Development

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Berry, John; Nyman, Melvin A. – Primus, 1998

Describes the outcomes of an intensive one-month mathematical modeling course and the use of posters in peer assessment of student work. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Course Descriptions, Higher Education, Mathematical Models

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Claus-McGahan, Elly – Primus, 1998

Discusses the value of student-designed, in-depth, modeling projects in a differential equations course and how to prepare students. Provides excerpts from worksheets, a list of computer software for Macintosh that can be used in teaching differential equations, and an annotated bibliography. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Computer Software, Cooperative Learning, Differential Equations

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Ensley, Douglas E.; Fiorini, Gene R. – Primus, 1998

Argues that the level of student activity in a mathematics department at an undergraduate institution is an important gauge of academic atmosphere within the program. Outlines some practical tips for improving the level of student activity through properly directed faculty activity. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Educational Environment, Extracurricular Activities, Higher Education, Mathematics Education