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Suh, Jennifer – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2010

The following study describes design research in an elementary school near the metropolitan D.C. area with a diverse student population. The goal of the project was to design tasks that leveraged technology and enhance the access to critical thinking in specific mathematical concepts: data analysis and probability. It highlights the opportunities…

Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Technology Uses in Education

Darrah, Marjorie; Fuller, Edgar; Miller, David – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2010

This paper discusses a possible solution to a problem frequently encountered by educators seeking to use computer-based or multiple choice-based exams for mathematics. These assessment methodologies force a discrete grading system on students and do not allow for the possibility of partial credit. The research presented in this paper investigates…

Descriptors: College Students, College Mathematics, Calculus, Computer Assisted Testing

Lee, Young-Jin – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2010

With a rapid increase in the number of people who own a handheld device, such as an iPod, education researchers and administrators started looking for a way to use a handheld device to foster student learning. However, the current use of a mobile device in education is quite limited. With few exceptions, it is mostly used as a simple media player…

Descriptors: Physics, Handheld Devices, Electronic Learning, Technology Uses in Education

Polly, Drew; McGee, Jennifer R.; Sullivan, Christie – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2010

While technology has potential to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics, research indicates that teachers struggle in their efforts to implement technology-rich mathematical tasks in their classrooms. Effective technology integration in mathematics requires teachers to be able to apply their classroom knowledge related to mathematics…

Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Faculty Development, Educational Technology

Khairulanuar, Samsudin; Nazre, Abd Rashid; Jamilah, H.; Sairabanu, Omar Khan; Norasikin, Fabil – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2010

This article reports the findings of an experimental study involving 36 primary school students (16 girls, 20 boys, Mean age = 9.5 years, age range: 8-10 years) in geometrical understanding of 2D and 3D objects. Students were assigned into two experimental groups and one control group based on a stratified random sampling procedure. The first…

Descriptors: Gender Differences, Geometry, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics

Bouck, Emily – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2010

Calculators are a controversial, yet widely used tool in mathematics education for all students and especially for students with disabilities. However, little research has explored calculators and students with disabilities. This paper explored the influence of calculator type (four-function and graphing) on the mathematical performance of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Disabilities, Graphing Calculators, Evaluation

Caudle, Kyle – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2010

In late October 1967, the USS Scorpion was lost at sea, somewhere between the Azores and Norfolk Virginia. Dr. Craven of the U.S. Navy's Special Projects Division is credited with using Bayesian Search Theory to locate the submarine. Bayesian Search Theory is a straightforward and interesting application of Bayes' theorem which involves searching…

Descriptors: Simulation, Probability, Mathematical Applications, Problem Solving

Williams, Douglas; Ma, Yuxin; Prejean, Louise – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2010

Educational robotics activities are gaining in popularity. Though some research data suggest that educational robotics can be an effective approach in teaching mathematics, science, and engineering, research is needed to generate the best practices and strategies for designing these learning environments. Existing robotics activities typically do…

Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Robotics, Vignettes, Science Course Improvement Projects

Hardy, Michael – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2010

The goal of the X-Tech project was to enhance preservice teachers' perceptions of their preparedness to teach with technology. Results indicated that practically-oriented methods that meet a variety of technology related needs are viable for attaining such a goal. Further, it is particularly beneficial to have teachers use a variety of resources…

Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Teaching Methods

Kay, Robin; Kletskin, Ilona – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2010

Pre-calculus concepts such as working with functions and solving equations are essential for students to explore limits, rates of change, and integrals. Yet many students have a weak understanding of these key concepts which impedes performance in their first year university Calculus course. A series of online learning objects was developed to…

Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Mathematics Education, Online Courses, Calculus

Brewer, David Shane; Becker, Kurt – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2010

This research compared the effectiveness, in terms of mathematical achievement, of online homework to textbook homework over an entire semester for 145 students enrolled in multiple sections of college algebra at a large community college. A quasi-experimental, posttest design was used to analyze the effect on mathematical achievement, as measured…

Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Homework, Textbooks, Mathematics Achievement

Oliver, Kevin; Kellogg, Shaun; Patel, Ruchi – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2010

Students and teachers affiliated with Spring 2009 online mathematics courses offered by the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) completed end-of-course surveys detailing the effectiveness of their courses. Several significant differences were noted when comparing results from math participants to results from participants in five other…

Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Internet, Secondary School Mathematics

Sherrell, Linda; Krishna, Bhagavathy; Velaga, Natasha; Vejandla, Pavan; Satharla, Mahesh – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2010

Agile methodologies have become increasingly popular among software developers as evidenced by industrial participation at related conferences. The popularity of agile practices over traditional techniques partly stems from the fact that these practices provide for more customer involvement and better accommodate rapidly changing requirements,…

Descriptors: Computer Software, Methods, Independent Study, Graduate Students

Tosa, Sachiko; Martin, Fred – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2010

This study examined how a professional development program which incorporates the use of electronic data-loggers could impact on science teachers' attitudes towards inquiry-based teaching. The participants were 28 science or technology teachers who attended workshops offered in the United States and Japan. The professional development program…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Inquiry

Trespalacios, Jesus – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2010

This study investigated the effects of two generative learning activities on students' academic achievement of the part-whole meaning of rational numbers while using virtual manipulatives. Third-grade students were divided randomly in two groups to evaluate the effects of two generative learning activities: answering-questions and…

Descriptors: Learning Activities, Numbers, Manipulative Materials, Grade 3