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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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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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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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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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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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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
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Shulman, Bonnie – Primus, 1998
Discusses the importance of history and original sources in motivating students to learn content. Describes how a simple question led to a fascinating quest through primary sources. Claims that once collected, these sources proved to be a treasure trove of material illuminating mathematics and mathematicians in an historical context. Contains 18…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Equations (Mathematics), Higher Education, Mathematical Models
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Harris, Gary A.; Tarwater, J. Dalton – Primus, 1997
Describes a nine-hour, three-sequence mathematics course in the elementary teacher certification program at Texas Tech University. Emphasizes the development, philosophy, design, and implementation of the sequence. Presents excerpts from the activities and group exercises outlined for the course. Contains 15 references. (Author/ASK)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education
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Rash, Agnes M. – Primus, 1998
Suggests an approach in courses for mathematics majors and minors similar to the popular approach used in applied courses--using student projects. Describes strategy and implementation of the projects and provides examples from student projects on statistics. (Author/ASK)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Education, Probability
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Rodgers, Kathy V.; Wilding, William G. – Primus, 1998
Presents findings from a study of students enrolled in college algebra. Concludes that the predicted success of students is related to explanatory variables using a linear model. Recommends advising cut-off scores in terms of student success rated as well as the mission statement and philosophy of the university. Contains 12 references.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Algebra, Higher Education, Mathematics Education
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Arney, David C. – Primus, 1998
Presents the historical development of required undergraduate core mathematics courses. Suggests that a new core course--discrete dynamical modeling--is needed to prepare students for success in the information age. Contains 17 references. (Author/ASK)
Descriptors: Course Content, Course Descriptions, Higher Education, Mathematical Models
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Dray, Tevian; Manogue, Corinne A. – Primus, 1999
Discusses some of the differences between the ways mathematicians and physicists view vector calculus and the gap between the way this material is traditionally taught by mathematicians and the way physicists use it. Suggests some ways to narrow the gap. (Author/ASK)
Descriptors: Calculus, Elementary Secondary Education, Engineers, Geometric Concepts
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Barzilai, Harel – Primus, 1999
Provides an overview of an ongoing calculus reform that includes cooperative learning, oral presentations, and long-term student projects. (Author/ASK)
Descriptors: Calculus, Cooperative Learning, Curriculum Development, Educational Change
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Ashline, George; Ellis-Monaghan, Joanna – Primus, 1999
Discusses how applications from microbiology and sociology can be used to involve students. Presents a physical context for critical concepts in a first-semester calculus course. (Author/ASK)
Descriptors: Calculus, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Graphing Calculators
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