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Pilgrim, M. E.; Gehrtz, J. – PRIMUS, 2018
In an effort to improve upon Calculus I instruction at our institution, we designed a pilot study that incorporated a variety of evidence-based classroom practices. The goal was not to formally test known successful teaching interventions. Rather, the purpose was to develop and identify course materials and instructional methods that would not…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Assistants
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Miller, Nathaniel – PRIMUS, 2017
This paper describes the use of Mathematics Action Research Projects (ARPs) as a capstone experience in lieu of a Master's Thesis in a Master's program for in-service secondary teachers. The ARPs include two primary components: (i) each teacher participant conducts mathematical research that is new to them on a topic that is connected in some way…
Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Secondary School Teachers, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction
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Worthley, Mary R.; Gloeckner, Gene W.; Kennedy, Paul A. – PRIMUS, 2016
In this study we aimed to understand who was struggling in freshman calculus courses, and why. Concentrating on the Fall sections of the class, the best predictors for success (R[superscript 2] = 0.4) were placement test results, the student's own appraisal of the quality of mathematics teaching they received in high school, and the Motivated…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Calculus, College Freshmen, College Mathematics
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Carter, J. D.; Helliwell, D.; Henrich, Allison; Principe, M.; Sloughter, J. M. – PRIMUS, 2016
Finding ways to improve student success in calculus is a critically important step on the path to supporting students who are pursuing degrees in STEM fields. Far too many students fail calculus 1 and are pushed to drop their majors in technical fields. One way of addressing this issue is by following a program that was pioneered at University of…
Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, College Students
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Pankavich, Stephen; Swanson, Rebecca – PRIMUS, 2015
Principal Component Analysis (PCA) is a highly useful topic within an introductory Linear Algebra course, especially since it can be used to incorporate a number of applied projects. This method represents an essential application and extension of the Spectral Theorem and is commonly used within a variety of fields, including statistics,…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Algebra
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Herzinger, Kurt; Holcomb, Trae; Peterson, Dale; Schaubroeck, Beth – PRIMUS, 2013
There are many details to consider when designing a capstone experience. Expectations of students, faculty workload, resources, logistics, and timing all play a part in the value of this endeavor. We discuss the experience of creating a research capstone experience from scratch including the components of our current course as well as lessons…
Descriptors: Learning Experience, Mathematics Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Military Personnel
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Fitchett, Stephanie; King, Kristin; Champion, Joseph – PRIMUS, 2011
The mathematics placement process at the University of Northern Colorado includes brief faculty-student interviews, during which faculty members suggest mathematics courses for students in their first year at the university. Data from a sample of 1466 students admitted in the fall of 2007 were analyzed to assess the effectiveness of the placement…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Grade Point Average, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics