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Branson, Mark – PRIMUS, 2019
Mathematics has a unique and powerful role to play in the teaching of social justice issues. There is substantial quantitative evidence for social injustice, but many citizens lack the quantitative skills to understand that evidence. A course in quantitative literacy is a unique opportunity to provide this quantitative understanding to a wide…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Social Problems, Social Justice, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Cline, Kelly; Zullo, Holly; Huckaby, David A.; Storm, Christopher; Stewart, Ann – PRIMUS, 2018
Classroom voting can be an effective way to stimulate student discussions. In this pedagogy, the instructor poses a multiple-choice question to the class, and then allows a few minutes for consideration and small-group discussion before students vote, either with clickers, cell phones, or a non-electronic method. After the vote the instructor…
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Audience Response Systems, Voting
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Shannon, Kathleen – PRIMUS, 2018
This paper describes, as an alternative to the Moore Method or a purely flipped classroom, a student-driven, textbook-supported method for teaching that allows movement through the standard course material with differing depths, but the same pace. This method, which includes a combination of board work followed by class discussion, on-demand brief…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Textbooks, Mathematics, Portfolio Assessment
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Ludwick, Kurt – PRIMUS, 2016
In the study of music from a mathematical perspective, several types of counting problems naturally arise. For example, how many different rhythms of a specified length (in beats) can be written if we restrict ourselves to only quarter notes (one beat) and half notes (two beats)? What if we allow whole notes, dotted half notes, etc.? Or, what if…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Computation, Number Concepts, Numbers
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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
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Mayfield, Betty – PRIMUS, 2014
The benefits of including the study of the history of mathematics in the education of mathematics majors have been discussed at length elsewhere. Many colleges and universities now offer a History of Mathematics course for mathematics majors, for mathematics education majors, or for general credit. At Hood College, we emphasize our commitment to…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, History
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Wainwright, Barbara A. – PRIMUS, 2014
This paper focuses on the development of an actuarial science track for the mathematics major at Salisbury University (SU). A timeline from the initial investigation into such a program through the proposal and approval processes is shared for those who might be interested in developing a new actuarial program. It is wise to start small and take…
Descriptors: Program Development, College Programs, Risk Assessment, Mathematics Education