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Munakata, Mika; Vaidya, Ashwin; Monahan, Ceire; Krupa, Erin – PRIMUS, 2021
This paper describes the development and implementation of course modules intended to encourage creative thinking in an undergraduate general education mathematics course. The modules were designed to address the characteristics of creativity outlined in the literature through explorations of mathematics relevant to non-mathematics majors. A…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Creative Thinking, Undergraduate Study, College Mathematics
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Yurasovskaya, Ekaterina – PRIMUS, 2021
Service-learning provides a versatile pedagogical platform that can improve the academic performance of participating students and open space for a discussion of issues of social justice within a mathematics classroom. We describe our Precalculus course with a service-learning component, in which university students regularly tutor algebra…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Social Justice
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Hagman, Jessica Ellis – PRIMUS, 2021
Through a multi-year, national calculus study, researchers have recently identified seven characteristics of successful college calculus programs. We identified these seven characteristics by visiting five doctoral-granting mathematics departments with successful calculus programs and uncovering the common traits among them. These seven traits…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Inclusion, Preservice Teacher Education
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Johns, Carolyn; Mills, Melissa – PRIMUS, 2021
During the Spring 2020 semester, universities transitioned to online instruction to slow the spread of COVID-19. During this time, mathematics support/tutoring centers also moved their services online. We discuss best practices for online tutoring from the literature and the shared experiences of 28 tutoring center leaders who transitioned to…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Online Courses, Distance Education
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Radzimski, Vanessa; Leung, Fok-Shuen; Sargent, Pam; Prat, Alain – PRIMUS, 2021
We discuss an innovative course model used in first-year calculus courses at a large North American research university, which we refer to as the "Blended Model." We argue that our model takes the best features of lectures, flipped classrooms, and traditional recitations, and gathers them into a cohesive, robust structure that benefits…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Flipped Classroom, Calculus, Research Universities
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Bertrand, Elliott; McArdle, David T.; Thoma, Lubos; Wu, Li – PRIMUS, 2021
The percentage of college students receiving unproductive grades in introductory mathematics courses is a concern for post-secondary institutions across the country. Many factors can be targeted as potential explanations for this lack of success, yet none of these issues are more noteworthy than the fact that many students enter college…
Descriptors: College Students, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Mathematics Skills
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Osborne, Jason M.; Cook, William; Bossé, Michael J. – PRIMUS, 2021
In this paper we introduce the reader to a foundational topic of differential geometry: the curvature of a curve. To make this topic engaging to a wide audience of readers, we develop this intuitive introduction employing only basic geometry without calculus and derivatives. It is hoped that this introduction will encourage many more to both…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Geometry, Geometric Concepts, High Schools
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Lewis, Drew; Clontz, Steven; Estis, Julie – PRIMUS, 2021
Team-Based Learning (TBL) is a cooperative learning strategy blending elements of flipped learning, inquiry-based learning, and problem-based learning. Although used quite frequently in other disciplines, use of this strategy in mathematics has been limited. In this article, we describe how TBL can be implemented in math courses with adherence to…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Inquiry, Active Learning, Flipped Classroom
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El Turkey, Houssein; Turki, Salam; Kottegoda, Yasanthi – PRIMUS, 2021
Many active learning practices highly depend on students' advance preparation for the class. However, reading Calculus can be a challenging task to students. We address this concern by assigning targeted pre-class readings in multiple Calculus courses. We report on our implementations, provide students' feedback, and discuss the lessons learned…
Descriptors: Reading Assignments, Calculus, Flipped Classroom, Mathematics Instruction
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Rapke, Tina; Hall, Jennifer; Marynowski, Richelle – PRIMUS, 2021
We describe a method that instructors can use to grade tests and assignments that can be used in follow-up inquiry-based activities in class to review material. The grading process is essentially a sorting of student assignment/test responses based on the instructor's conception of what makes responses acceptable. The instructor can assign a grade…
Descriptors: Grading, Assignments, Tests, Inquiry
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Sole, Marla A. – PRIMUS, 2021
Financial literacy is ideally suited to be integrated into mathematics courses and taught in an interdisciplinary manner. Students learn best and are motivated when tackling real-world meaningful questions. This article shares how elementary mathematics was applied to better understand the debate about raising the minimum wage and the United…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Money Management, Mathematics Instruction, Authentic Learning
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Case, Joshua; Speer, Natasha – PRIMUS, 2021
In undergraduate mathematics, deductive reasoning plays important roles in teaching and learning various ideas, and is primarily characterized by the concept of logical implication. This comes up whenever conditional statements are applied, i.e., one checks if a statement's hypotheses are satisfied and then makes inferences. In calculus, students…
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Logical Thinking, Teaching Methods
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Goyer, Alysia; Lynch, Alison; Wand, Jeffrey – PRIMUS, 2021
With the goal of improving student success, the chancellor of the California State University (CSU) system issued an executive order that required all CSU campuses to eliminate remedial math courses as of Fall 2018 and place all first-year students into appropriate General Education (GE) mathematics/quantitative reasoning courses. The Mathematics…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, College Mathematics, College Freshmen
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Oliver, Jesús; Olkin, Julia – PRIMUS, 2021
This work outlines a model for creating momentum for active learning at the departmental level through a Community of Practice. This approach focuses on empowering members of the community by providing easy access to active learning tasks, pacing guide, and teaching tips for the course.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Active Learning, College Mathematics, Teaching Methods
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McClendon, David M.; Weller, Kirk; Trouba, Jerome; Brigance, Sandra; Dekker, Michael – PRIMUS, 2021
In this paper, we describe the evolution of calculus instruction at a mid-sized, career-oriented, comprehensive public university. Changes in practice, that began with a single faculty member implementing technology as a tool for student inquiry, have spread to other department faculty via support from an internal grant, workshops, and the use of…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Educational Change, Calculus
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