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Karaali, Gizem; Khadjavi, Lily S. – PRIMUS, 2019
We provide context and motivation for an instructor to use real-life examples in the calculus classroom. To this end we describe two specific project ideas, one related to the devastating impact of methylmercury fungicide in a grain seed supply and the other to a catastrophic methane leak. By using calculus in contexts that have social justice…
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Social Justice, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Karaali, Gizem – PRIMUS, 2018
In recent years, I have cultivated an almost pathological resistance to grading. Here I explore the reasons why and describe how I eventually recovered. In particular, I propose that although grading, or more explicitly, effective assessment of student learning, is a challenging component of a mathematics instructor's job description, reflective…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Professional Identity, Grades (Scholastic), Grading
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Karaali, Gizem – PRIMUS, 2015
Metacognition as a dimension of learning ranks highest in the revised Bloom's Taxonomy of cognitive tasks. In this paper we illustrate how it can be incorporated into a repeated exercise in the mathematics classroom, through a specific case study in the context of a liberal arts mathematics course. Through the semester, students were asked weekly…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Student Motivation, Self Concept, Mathematics Instruction
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Karaali, Gizem – PRIMUS, 2011
In education theory, Bloom's taxonomy is a well-known paradigm to describe domains of learning and levels of competency. In this article I propose a calculus capstone project that is meant to utilize the sixth and arguably the highest level in the cognitive domain, according to Bloom et al.: evaluation. Although one may assume that mathematics is…
Descriptors: Classification, Cognitive Processes, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction