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Sears, Ruthmae; Kersaint, Gladis; Burgos, Fernando; Wooten, Rebecca – PRIMUS, 2019
This article describes reflections of two mathematicians and a mathematics teacher educator who collaborated on the development and implementation of courses (probability and statistics connections, number concept connections, and middle school mathematics methods) for middle school mathematics preservice teachers. The instructors of the courses,…
Descriptors: Middle School Mathematics, Preservice Teachers, Knowledge Level, Mathematics Education
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Cook, Samuel A.; Borkovitz, Debra K. – PRIMUS, 2017
In this paper we present data from one-on-one interviews conducted with students who have taken intermediate and advanced inquiry-based mathematics courses in a program that prepares future preK-8 teachers. Many of these students entered college with a fear of math, but then gained confidence from a required introductory math course and chose to…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Introductory Courses, Inquiry, Mathematics Education
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Buell, Catherine A.; Greenstein, Steven; Wilstein, Zahava – PRIMUS, 2017
It is widely accepted in the mathematics education community that pedagogies oriented toward inquiry are aligned with a constructivist theory of learning, and that these pedagogies effectively support students' learning of mathematics. In order to promote such an orientation, we first separate the idea of inquiry from its conception as a…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction
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Köse, Emek; Johnson, Angela C. – PRIMUS, 2016
In this article, we present a case study of a course called Women in Mathematics. Students in the course studied the lives and the mathematical contributions of women mathematicians throughout history, as well as current gender equity issues in the study of mathematics and in mathematical careers. They also mentored 20 middle school girls…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Females, Mathematics Education, Mentors