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Shelton, Therese – PRIMUS, 2018
Mathematical modeling allows flexibility for a project-based experience. We share details of our regular capstone course, successful for virtually 100% of our math majors for almost two decades. Our research-like approach in this course accommodates a variety of student backgrounds and interests, and has produced some award-winning student…
Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Mathematics Instruction, Active Learning, Student Projects
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Frazier, Marian L.; LoFaro, Thomas; Pillers Dobler, Carolyn – PRIMUS, 2018
The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the American Statistical Association (ASA) have both updated and revised their curriculum guidelines. The guidelines of both associations recommend that students engage in a "capstone" experience, be exposed to applications, and have opportunities to communicate mathematical and…
Descriptors: Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Statistics, Mathematical Models
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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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Brown, Ryan; Chiorescu, Marcela; Mohr, Darin – PRIMUS, 2017
The Georgia College mathematics department has reimagined its major requirements to integrate meaningful undergraduate research experiences. We have developed and implemented a multi-year action plan to transform our major. In this article we discuss how the department has developed and implemented a year-long research experience as a capstone…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Mathematics Education, Case Studies
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Bowman, Silas – PRIMUS, 2010
This project served as a capstone event for the United States Military Academy sophomore Calculus II course. This multi-disciplinary problem-solving exercise motivated the link between math and biology and many other fields of study. The seven-lesson block of instruction was developed to show students how mathematics play a role in every…
Descriptors: Biotechnology, Food, Fuels, Military Schools
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Chae, Jeong-Lim; Lim, Jae Hoon; Fisher, Molly H. – PRIMUS, 2009
This article examines the transition process of 14 international teaching assistants (TAs), who teach mathematics courses in U.S. college contexts. In particular, this study documents several major aspects of changes in their teaching, including their curriculum choice and instructional practices over time. This study reveals how the institutional…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Professional Development, Teaching Assistants, Mathematics Instruction