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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

Villalobos, Cristina; Kim, Hyung Won; Huber, Timothy J.; Knobel, Roger; Setayesh, Shaghayegh; Sasidharan, Lekshmi; Galstyan, Anahit; Balogh, Andras – PRIMUS, 2021

Research indicates multi-section coordination improves the academic performance of students in STEM education. This paper describes the process of coordination in Precalculus, Calculus 1, and Calculus 2 courses undertaken by a large department that grew from the merger of two institutions through a pilot program and a project grant. Components…

Descriptors: STEM Education, Calculus, Success, Mathematics Achievement

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

Diamond, Kate; Kandola, Shelley; Weimerskirch, Mike – PRIMUS, 2021

Historically, math education at the high school and introductory college levels has focused on computational skills. With the advancement of computational technologies, problemsolving and other higher-order thinking skills should become the focal point. This article discusses ways in which the University of Minnesota has integrated problem-solving…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Skill Development, Active Learning, Calculus

Engelke Infante, N. – PRIMUS, 2021

In calculus, related rates problems are some of the most difficult for students to master. This is due, in part, to the nature of the problems, which require constructing a nuanced mental model and a solid understanding of the function. Many textbooks present a procedure for their solution that is unlike how experts approach the problem and elide…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Calculus, Schemata (Cognition)

Venkatesh, Anil; Piercey, Victor – PRIMUS, 2021

Quantitative Reasoning for Professionals is a two-semester general education sequence that teaches basic and intermediate algebra through the lens of quantitative reasoning. In this course sequence, we emphasize communication and inference-making while teaching practical algebra skills for students in programs such as business, nursing, and social…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Inquiry, Grading

Ward, Erika L. – PRIMUS, 2020

Homework gives students the opportunity to practice new skills in both familiar and unfamiliar situations, and to develop an understanding of related concepts. Although some of these goals can be easily accomplished in online homework, many systems are less useful for handling open-ended questions. Written homework, on the other hand, takes time…

Descriptors: Homework, Teaching Methods, Feedback (Response), Learner Engagement

Hodge, Angie; Wanek, Katie; Rech, Janice – PRIMUS, 2020

In this paper, we will discuss a type of activity that lets the mathematics classroom become a place where students can learn more than mathematical content. Specifically, students can learn interdisciplinary skills in the area of communication (both verbal and non-verbal) and debate skills that are often taught in communication or English…

Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Communication Skills, Learning Activities, Mathematics Instruction

Koban, D.; Fukuzawa, M.; Slocum, R.; Fletcher, M.; Pleuss, J. – PRIMUS, 2020

We present an analysis on the differential effects of incentivizing homework in an introductory mathematics course at the United States Military Academy. We found that including homework as part of a student's overall course average (incentive) led to a significantly higher performance (achievement) on homework assignments. However, doing homework…

Descriptors: Homework, Correlation, Mathematics Achievement, Introductory Courses

Breen, Sinéad; O'Shea, Ann – PRIMUS, 2019

Research has shown that the types of tasks assigned to students affect their learning. Various authors have described desirable features of mathematical tasks or of the activity they initiate. Others have suggested task taxonomies that might be used in classifying mathematical tasks. Drawing on this literature, we propose a set of task types that…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Learning Activities

Morena, Matthew A.; Smith, Shelly; Talbert, Robert – PRIMUS, 2019

We describe the use of student-generated video content to assess students' engagement with, and understanding of, problem-solving skills. In this framework, students are tasked with using technology to create videos that show them working through, and explaining solutions to, challenging calculus exercises. The videos are then posted online,…

Descriptors: Video Technology, Problem Solving, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction

Holdener, Judy A.; Jones, Brian D. – PRIMUS, 2019

Storytelling has proved to be an effective way of passing on information from one generation to the next. Whether the information relates to history, culture, health, or morality, the story provides a framework so that complex ideas can be better understood and retained. In this article, we consider the role of narrative in the design and…

Descriptors: Calculus, Homework, Mathematics Instruction, Story Telling

Omar, Mohamed; Karakok, Gulden; Savic, Milos; El Turkey, Houssein; Tang, Gail – PRIMUS, 2019

Challenging mathematics problems were posed as a substantial part of homework in an elective combinatorics course. The intent was to encourage undergraduate students' exploration as well as develop their technical writing skills. The bulk of students' grades on these problems rested on a three-page reflective write-up using a rubric on…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Creativity, Student Attitudes

Klima, V. – PRIMUS, 2019

As teachers of mathematics we encourage our students to ask good questions, and we strive to help our students find and understand answers to these questions. This journey can be made more meaningful if students conclude by reflecting on their learning process. If we find careful questioning and reflection important, we should include such…

Descriptors: Homework, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Color

McCune, Lori – PRIMUS, 2019

In the age of the internet, it is increasingly difficult to write homework assignments in a way that encourages students to struggle with a problem on their own without seeking answers from other sources. This is especially true in lower-level courses, where students often start with the attitude of "I can't do this." In this article, I…

Descriptors: Student Journals, Electronic Journals, Student Evaluation, Self Evaluation (Individuals)