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Munakata, Mika; Vaidya, Ashwin – PRIMUS, 2013
This article focuses on the philosophy of creativity and its enhancement through an undergraduate research experience. In this paper we offer suggestions for infusing the undergraduate mathematics and science curriculum with research experiences as a way of fostering creativity in our students. We refer to the term "research" broadly,…
Descriptors: Creativity, Mathematics Curriculum, Science Curriculum, Undergraduate Study
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Munakata, Mika – PRIMUS, 2010
The Mathematics Education Debate is an assignment designed for and implemented in an undergraduate mathematics methods course for prospective secondary school mathematics teachers. For the assignment, students read and analyze current research and policy reports related to mathematics education, prepare and present their positions, offer…
Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum, Mathematics Education
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Munakata, Mika – PRIMUS, 2005
This article describes the Field Trip Assignment, which was developed for a mathematics modeling course for prospective teachers. The objective of the assignment was to motivate students to make connections between mathematics and real-life phenomena while considering how to make those connections explicit to their future students. For the Field…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Relevance (Education)
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Munakata, Mika – PRIMUS, 2005
This article describes a reading and writing project designed for an undergraduate survey course in mathematics. For the Math Book Club, students in groups of four read and discuss one of six books related to mathematics and the history of mathematics. As part of the assignment, students take turns developing discussion questions and summarizing…
Descriptors: History, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Clubs, Mathematics Instruction