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Childers, Adam F.; Taylor, David G. – PRIMUS, 2021

Teaching introductory statistics is a service requirement for many mathematics faculty, and the audience is often anxious about the subject and not always excited about the material. Making class fun, relevant, and visually stimulating is key to keeping students engaged in the material and also in promoting student learning. Collecting data from…

Descriptors: Data Collection, Data Analysis, Statistics, Mathematics Education

Apkarian, Naneh; Kirin, Dana; Gehrtz, Jessica; Vroom, Kristen – PRIMUS, 2021

The Mathematical Association of America's "Precalculus to Calculus: Insights and Innovations Conference" brought together representatives of mathematics departments from across the country with members of two national research projects to share and discuss both research findings and on-the-ground concerns of faculty. In this article, we…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Mathematics Education, Conferences (Gatherings)

Hanusch, Sarah – PRIMUS, 2020

A summative portfolio is a project completed at the end of the semester that gives a student an opportunity to look at a course as a whole. This study investigates whether collegiate mathematics students gain a deeper understanding of course material through the portfolio project, via an analysis of the students' work, and a survey of students'…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Alternative Assessment, Portfolio Assessment, Summative Evaluation

Das, Tushar; George, Whitney; Warnberg, Nathan – PRIMUS, 2020

Mathematics educators view the equals sign as a bidirectional relation symbol, but the authors have observed that students might not have such flexibility in their understanding of the equals sign. The authors have observed that students have a hard time viewing mathematical properties (for example, log (MN) = log (M) log (N)) with bidirectional…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematical Concepts, Symbols (Mathematics), College Mathematics

Habre, Samer – PRIMUS, 2020

A growing body of research supports writing as a means to learn mathematics. Although introductory courses have benefited the most from the spread of this mode of learning, writing may be promoted in advanced courses. This paper reports on writing tasks in a complex analysis course where the primary goal was for students to investigate…

Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Mathematics Education, Essays, Foreign Countries

Elsinger, Jason; Lewis, Drew – PRIMUS, 2020

This article describes a framework of Standards-Based Grading suitable for use in a variety of mathematics courses. We detail our experience adapting this framework to various courses, ranging from Pre-calculus to Differential Equations, at four different institutions, including both small liberal arts colleges and large universities, and in class…

Descriptors: Academic Standards, Grading, Mathematics Education, College Mathematics

Sears, Ruthmae; Kersaint, Gladis; Burgos, Fernando; Wooten, Rebecca – PRIMUS, 2019

This article describes reflections of two mathematicians and a mathematics teacher educator who collaborated on the development and implementation of courses (probability and statistics connections, number concept connections, and middle school mathematics methods) for middle school mathematics preservice teachers. The instructors of the courses,…

Descriptors: Middle School Mathematics, Preservice Teachers, Knowledge Level, Mathematics Education

Stange, Katherine E. – PRIMUS, 2018

Standards-based grading, in which grading should be designed to communicate to students their current level of mastery with regards to well-articulated standards, is becoming popular at the K-12 level. As yet, the literature addressing standards-based grading at the university level is scarce. In this paper, I document my attempts to put into…

Descriptors: Academic Standards, Grading, Introductory Courses, College Mathematics

Eubanks-Turner, Christina; Beaulieu, Patricia; Pal, Nabendu – PRIMUS, 2018

The Smooth Transition for Advancement to Graduate Education (STAGE) project was a three-year pilot project designed to mentor undergraduate students primarily from under-represented groups in the mathematical sciences. The STAGE pilot project focused on mentoring students as they transitioned from undergraduate education to either graduate school…

Descriptors: Graduate Study, Transitional Programs, Disproportionate Representation, Pilot Projects

Selden, Annie; Selden, John; Benkhalti, Ahmed – PRIMUS, 2018

Many mathematics departments have instituted transition-to-proof courses for second semester sophomores to help them learn how to construct proofs and to prepare them for proof-based courses, such as abstract algebra and real analysis. We have developed a way of getting students, who often stare at a blank piece of paper not knowing what to do, to…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Mathematical Logic

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

von Renesse, Christine; Ecke, Volker – PRIMUS, 2017

This paper links educational psychology research about curiosity to teacher moves that are effective in an inquiry-based mathematics classroom. Three vignettes will show explicit teacher moves (staging disagreement, intriguing anecdotes, and creating a safe space) for different audiences (math majors, mathematics for liberal arts students, and…

Descriptors: Personality Traits, Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction

Miller, Nathaniel – PRIMUS, 2017

This paper describes the use of Mathematics Action Research Projects (ARPs) as a capstone experience in lieu of a Master's Thesis in a Master's program for in-service secondary teachers. The ARPs include two primary components: (i) each teacher participant conducts mathematical research that is new to them on a topic that is connected in some way…

Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Secondary School Teachers, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction

Slavit, David; Lesseig, Kristin – PRIMUS, 2017

Applying the Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching framework, we discuss the components of teacher knowledge that might be useful in supporting mathematical inquiry, and examine ways in which we strive to develop this knowledge within a middle grades mathematics program for undergraduate students who are prospective teachers. Using sample activities…

Descriptors: Inquiry, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, Teacher Education

Buell, Catherine A.; Greenstein, Steven; Wilstein, Zahava – PRIMUS, 2017

It is widely accepted in the mathematics education community that pedagogies oriented toward inquiry are aligned with a constructivist theory of learning, and that these pedagogies effectively support students' learning of mathematics. In order to promote such an orientation, we first separate the idea of inquiry from its conception as a…

Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction