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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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von Renesse, Christine; Ecke, Volker – PRIMUS, 2017
This paper links educational psychology research about curiosity to teacher moves that are effective in an inquiry-based mathematics classroom. Three vignettes will show explicit teacher moves (staging disagreement, intriguing anecdotes, and creating a safe space) for different audiences (math majors, mathematics for liberal arts students, and…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction
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Ruggieri, Eric – PRIMUS, 2016
The Central Limit Theorem is one of the most important concepts taught in an introductory statistics course, however, it may be the least understood by students. Sure, students can plug numbers into a formula and solve problems, but conceptually, do they really understand what the Central Limit Theorem is saying? This paper describes a simulation…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Undergraduate Study, Mathematical Logic
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von Renesse, Christine; Ecke, Volker – PRIMUS, 2016
One goal of our Discovering the Art of Mathematics project is to empower students in the liberal arts to become confident creators of art and imaginative creators of mathematics. In this paper, we describe our experience with using string art to guide liberal arts students in exploring ideas of calculus. We provide excerpts from our inquiry-based…
Descriptors: Mathematics Activities, Art Activities, Creative Activities, Liberal Arts
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Lockard, Shannon R.; Metcalf, Rebecca C. – PRIMUS, 2015
Clickers and classroom voting are used across a number of disciplines in a variety of institutions. There are several papers that describe the use of clickers in mathematics classrooms such as precalculus, calculus, statistics, and even differential equations. This paper describes a method of incorporating clickers and classroom voting in a…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Audience Response Systems, Educational Technology, Voting
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von Renesse, Christine; Ecke, Volker – PRIMUS, 2015
Our particular flavor of inquiry-based learning (IBL) uses mathematical discourse, conversations, and discussions to empower students to deepen their mathematical thinking, building on strengths of students in the humanities. We present an organized catalog of powerful questions, discussion prompts, and talk moves that can help faculty facilitate…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Inquiry