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Radmehr, Farzad; Nedaei, Mahboubeh; Drake, Michael – PRIMUS, 2022

Mathematics education faculty working in mathematics departments are commonly involved in teaching undergraduate mathematics courses, teaching and supervising postgraduate students of mathematics education, and developing mathematics teachers (pre-service and/or in-service). This paper proposes a new elective course that can be taken by either…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Majors (Students), Elective Courses, Course Selection (Students)

Bennoun, Steve; Holm, Tara – PRIMUS, 2021

The Mathematics Department at Cornell University has recently secured a grant from the University to implement systemic change in how we teach courses that reach students at critical transition points in their mathematical development. In this article, we report on the changes made to our large multi-section first-semester calculus course in order…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Change, Active Learning

Abbasian, Reza O.; Czuchry, Mike – PRIMUS, 2021

In this paper, we will introduce partial results from our 3-year NSF funded grant titled "Inverted and Active Learning Pedagogies (IALP) for Student Success." We will present our results comparing student achievement between inverted (flipped) classrooms and traditional lecture formats in statistics classes at Texas Lutheran University.…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Active Learning, Introductory Courses, Statistics Education

Cline, Kelly; Huckaby, David A. – PRIMUS, 2021

We recorded the percentage of students voting on each option on every clicker question used in 19 introductory statistics classes. To identify the questions that provide the most useful feedback, we looked for those for which the percentage of students voting correctly varied the most from class to class, producing the largest standard deviations.…

Descriptors: Audience Response Systems, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Statistics

Gordon, Sheldon P.; Gordon, Florence S. – PRIMUS, 2020

This article illustrates ways that dynamic software using some sophisticated techniques in Excel can be used to demonstrate fundamental ideas related to hypothesis testing to increase student understanding of the concepts and methods in elementary statistics courses. The article considers hypothesis tests for the population mean with large or…

Descriptors: Hypothesis Testing, Computer Software, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education

Cline, K.; Fasteen, J.; Francis, A.; Sullivan, E.; Wendt, T. – PRIMUS, 2020

We have integrated computer programming instruction into the required courses of our mathematics major. Our majors take a sequence of four courses in their first 2 years, each of which is paired with a weekly 75-minute computer lab period that has a dual purpose of both computationally exploring the mathematical concepts from the lecture portion…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Majors (Students), Programming, Teaching Methods

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

Isihara, Paul; Townsend, Edwin; Ndkezi, Richard; Tully, Kevin – PRIMUS, 2019

Responding to a call for national reform of mathematical education, as well as a college-wide revision of general education (GE) requirements, we describe a new entry-level, GE course focused on the humanitarian utility of mathematics. This includes a detailed overview of how we taught the course using a Humanitarian MATLAB Lab Manual developed…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Computer Software, Educational Change, Introductory Courses

berg, jenn; Buell, Catherine A.; Day, Danette; Evans, Rhonda – PRIMUS, 2019

As an interdisciplinary team, we set out to create an applied statistics course that would cover the traditional introductory statistics topics in a consistent framework of social justice. The goal was to motivate students to understand and learn math while deepening their understanding of the interplay, at local and global levels, between social…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Social Justice, Interdisciplinary Approach, College Mathematics

Cook, Samuel A.; Borkovitz, Debra K. – PRIMUS, 2017

In this paper we present data from one-on-one interviews conducted with students who have taken intermediate and advanced inquiry-based mathematics courses in a program that prepares future preK-8 teachers. Many of these students entered college with a fear of math, but then gained confidence from a required introductory math course and chose to…

Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Introductory Courses, Inquiry, Mathematics Education

Toews, Carl – PRIMUS, 2017

Inquiry-based pedagogies have a strong presence in proof-based undergraduate mathematics courses, but can be difficult to implement in courses that are large, procedural, or highly computational. An introductory course in statistics would thus seem an unlikely candidate for an inquiry-based approach, as these courses typically steer well clear of…

Descriptors: Computation, Inquiry, Introductory Courses, Statistics

Childers, Adam F. – PRIMUS, 2017

Facebook provides businesses and organizations with copious data that describe how users are interacting with their page. This data affords an excellent opportunity to turn introductory statistics students into consultants to analyze the Facebook data using descriptive and inferential statistics. This paper details a semester-long project that…

Descriptors: Social Media, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Statistics

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

Jaafar, Reem – PRIMUS, 2016

For students with little experience in mathematical thinking and conceptualization, writing-to-learn activities (WTL) can be particularly effective in promoting discovery and understanding. For community college students embarking on a first calculus course in particular, writing activities can help facilitate the transition from an "apply…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Writing Instruction

Pankavich, Stephen; Swanson, Rebecca – PRIMUS, 2015

Principal Component Analysis (PCA) is a highly useful topic within an introductory Linear Algebra course, especially since it can be used to incorporate a number of applied projects. This method represents an essential application and extension of the Spectral Theorem and is commonly used within a variety of fields, including statistics,…

Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Algebra

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