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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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Kenyon, Paula L.; Bardzell, Michael J. – Primus, 2001

Summarizes an interdisciplinary undergraduate research project involving experimental physics and calculus and illustrates how mathematics was used to finesse incomplete experimental information and maximize physical quantity known as jerk. Describes how calculus can be applied in the "real world" where functions are not always given by nice…

Descriptors: Calculus, Higher Education, Integrated Activities, Interdisciplinary Approach

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Pilzer, Scott – Primus, 2001

Explores a method of teaching called Peer Instruction. Describes how Peer Instruction was implemented in physics and summarizes the results. Discusses the way in which Peer Instruction was modified to be used in an introductory single variable calculus course. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Calculus, Higher Education, Mathematics Education, Peer Teaching

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Kirtland, Joseph; Hoh, Pau-San – Primus, 2002

Describes the development of an integrated approach for teaching mathematics and writing to freshmen. The goals are to strengthen mathematical skills, develop writing competencies, and foster interdisciplinary awareness. (Author/MM)

Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Educational Strategies, Higher Education, Innovation

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Wainwright, Barbara A.; Tardiff, Robert M.; Austin, Homer W. – Primus, 2002

Describes the development of an introductory course that exposes mathematical sciences majors to a full range of issues that most practicing statisticians may face including data acquisition, design of experiments, use of theory, and formal writing. Provides a summary of laboratories and student perspectives. (Author/MM)

Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Course Descriptions, Higher Education, Mathematics Education

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Acosta, Daniel J.; Wills, Randall – Primus, 2002

Outlines ideas and exercises for two topics that accompany the standard treatment of integral calculus. Emphasizes intuition to help facilitate student comprehension of the definite integral as a limit of Riemann Sums. (Author/MM)

Descriptors: Calculus, Higher Education, Mathematics Education

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Golding, Tena Long; Gray, Elizabeth D. – Primus, 2002

Describes a mentoring program that was used to train additional faculty to teach a new course in geometry for elementary education majors. (Author/MM)

Descriptors: Geometry, Higher Education, Mathematics Education, Mentors

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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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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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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