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Garaschuk, Kseniya M.; Cytrynbaum, Eric N. – PRIMUS, 2019
Active learning techniques, such as peer instruction and group work, have been gaining a lot of traction in universities. Taking a natural next step in re-evaluating current practices, many institutions recently started experimenting student-centred group exams. In order to assess the feasibility and effectiveness of collaborative assessments, we…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Mathematics Instruction, Group Testing, Group Activities
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Lovric, Miroslav – PRIMUS, 2018
We discuss teaching and learning situations that surfaced when computer programming and mathematics were brought together in a course where students write computer code to explore mathematics problems. Combining programming and mathematics creates a rich ecosystem which, on top of traditional mathematics activities (writing solutions, proofs,…
Descriptors: Programming, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Problem Solving
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DeDieu, Lauren; Lovric, Miroslav – PRIMUS, 2018
The use of writing to learn mathematics at the university-level is a pedagogical tool that has been gaining momentum. The setting of this study is a second-year differential equations class where written assignments have been incorporated into the course. By analyzing survey results and students' written work, we examine the extent to which…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Equations (Mathematics)
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Bruni, Carmen; Koch, Christina; Konrad, Bernhard; Lindstrom, Michael; Moyles, Iain; Thompson, Will – PRIMUS, 2016
The Math Exam/Education Resources (MER) is an open online learning resource hosted at The University of British Columbia (UBC), aimed at providing mathematics education resources for students and instructors at UBC. In this paper, there will be a discussion of the motivation for creating this resource on the MediaWiki platform, key features of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Educational Resources, Mathematics Education
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Taylor, Tara; Knoll, Eva; Landry, Wendy – PRIMUS, 2016
Students often struggle with concepts from abstract algebra. Typical classes incorporate few ways to make the concepts concrete. Using a set of woven paper artifacts, this paper proposes a way to visualize and explore concepts (symmetries, groups, permutations, subgroups, etc.). The set of artifacts used to illustrate these concepts is derived…
Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematical Concepts, Generalization, Abstract Reasoning
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Oates, Greg; Paterson, Judy; Reilly, Ivan; Woods, Grant – PRIMUS, 2016
We report on three approaches taken to incorporate collaborative activities into undergraduate mathematics classes. There is strong evidence from research in K-12 classrooms that these, and similar, approaches support a range of positive learning outcomes for students. Despite the potential benefits the cited studies have shown, research into the…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Cooperative Learning
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Brandt, Jim; Lunt, Jana; Meilstrup, Gretchen Rimmasch – PRIMUS, 2016
Educators often argue that mathematics should be taught so that the students in the course are actually "doing mathematics." Is there a consensus among mathematicians and mathematics educators as to the meaning of "doing mathematics?" In an effort to answer this question, we administered a survey to hundreds of university-level…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Professional Personnel, Mathematics Teachers, College Faculty
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Kalajdzievska, Darja – PRIMUS, 2014
In many post-secondary, introductory mathematics courses failure and withdrawal rates are reaching as high as 50% and average GPA is steadily decreasing. This is a problem that has been witnessed across the globe. With widespread reforms taking place in K-12 mathematics education, many innovative teaching strategies have been created, implemented,…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Student Motivation
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Jonker, Leo – PRIMUS, 2008
It is possible to get prospective elementary school teachers to learn interesting mathematics well by not only requiring that they learn the material in a mathematics course but also requiring that they teach it as part of an enrichment program at the middle school level. This article discusses the reasons for such a course, and describes a…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Enrichment Activities, Elementary School Teachers, Enrichment
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Kajander, Ann – PRIMUS, 2006
As school curricula undergo changes in both content and pedagogy, pressure is placed on teacher preparation programs and undergraduate mathematics departments to model learning environments in mathematics appropriate for education students. Yet the reality of many post-secondary mathematics courses includes traditional style classes containing a…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Classroom Environment