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Questions about education research are related to the various social scientific research work being done in areas related to mathematics education.

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Math Education for Students who use Right-to-Left Written Languages

Does anyone know of any studies or have personal experience dealing with difficulties (if any) faced by students studying mathematics if they come from countries which use languages written from right-...
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Data on textbook adoptions in universities (math/science)

Does anybody know if there is a website/database/... on textbooks adoption in the US or some other country? (math/science textbooks) It would be interesting to see which textbooks are (and have been) ...
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Scoring students' work is counter-productive

The Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP) has created lesson plans for high school lessons in maths based around formative assessment. They make the following remark about marking students' work in ...
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Adult Learners Returning to College Level Math

I am currently reflecting two educational experiences that have made me question if there's research around this particular topic. 1) A few years ago, I was an adjunct instructor for a Trigonometry ...
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Tips and References for a 15 days Course on Math

I'm going to participate in a course (as a teacher) where I'm suppose to teach high school math to high school students in about 15 days during the year. Each class has about 1 hour long. Now, I think ...
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Teaching Calculus I to engineers

I am in a research project where one of our jobs is improving the first year university experience for our students. One of the topics we are looking into is changing the way we teach our introductory ...
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Propositional and predicate logic, with quantifiers: Is there any research when it is ideal to explicitly teach in mathematics education?

In terms of helping students to understand propositional and predicate logic, with quantifiers, is there any research regarding when it is most advantageous for students studying mathematics, to first ...
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What are “PreK‐12th‐grade students”?

I am reading the paper Effects of game‐based learning on students' mathematics achievement: A meta‐analysis and can't find a definition for the term "PreK‐12th‐grade students". While I know that "K-...
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What are the benefits of an expertly curated learning pathway?

What are the benefits of an expertly curated learning pathway? Like that provided by a major publisher's textbook - CPM, a school district's mandated curriculum - IM's Open Up Resources or a ...
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How to overcome the frustration in teaching and doing research at the same time

I understand that this website is designated particularly for teaching-related topics. However as many of us do agree that being a lecturer, we are supposed to run both teaching and research duties at ...
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Is the education system in Finland particularly good?

Inspired by this question: What makes education in Finland so good? Finland has marketed itself as a top country in education. Indeed, at some time, the Pisa results in Finland were quite good. ...
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Studies about group tutoring sessions

I’m not sure if this question belongs here, so I apologize if it doesn’t. I work in a tutoring center at my university where we tutor every subject. Mathematics is in high demand, and occasionally my ...
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Mathematics acts as a filter to higher education [closed]

I need to comment on this topic. I think it indirectly asks about the importance of Mathematics in higher education. Am I correct ? Kindly provide the desired arguments. Thanks& regards
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Possible Educational Outcomes of “Riemann Hypothesis” [closed]

I know the consequences of Riemann Hypothesis which are used in Number theory and Analysis. But I want to know what could possibly be the Educational Outcomes of Riemann Hypothesis, if it is ...
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Book recommendations on mathematics education focusing on geometry

I will be teaching Euclidean geometry to future teachers, and I am feeling a bit lost (I know geometry, but I am not that familiar with mathematics education). Is there some recent (as concise as ...
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Practical Implication for Correlation (Lay individual vs Scholarly Group)

Can you please explain or provide resources that explain this issue (esp. to a lay audience): How to understand the significance of a co-relation number that studies (esp. meta-analyses) produce. The ...
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What effect does giving numerical or written grades have on learning?

When I was in school, pupils were given numerical grades, or the equivalent of numerical grades but disguised as words, on their performance in various school subjects and also behaviour. A key ...
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Mathematics Research at Secondary Level (High school Level)

I am a future teacher and am interested in incorporating a mathematics research unit where my students do their own research on an unsolved problem. I have a couple ideas on problems, but am ...
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Why is problem solving important for all of us? [closed]

I am looking for academic references related to this questions. In fact, I need to write a paper which shows the importance of problem-solving approach for everyone. Certainly, this should include ...
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How AI can help learn mathematics [closed]

I am working with AI methods and thinking about how my daughter (also other kids) can learn mathematics with AI help easier (like showing where in learning path was biggest mistake and etc.)? I know ...
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Ought color be used more in math?

Is there any research that substantiates the helpfulness of using colour in presenting math? Colour has been used effectively by user Bill Dubuque on Math SE, Calculus: Early Transcendentals (6 ...
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Is there a study that proves that math proficients usually perform better in other subjects vs. people who perform shoddily in math?

The title is based on this Reddit post: It's 1:30am so I'm not going to go dig up the study, but what it showed was that, on average, a person who performs well in mathematics usually performs ...
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Experimental results about the variability of grades on a math exam

"[Myth] that exams are objectively graded. Daniel Stark and Edward Elliot sent two English essays to 200 high school teachers for grading. They got back 142 grades. For one paper, the grades ranged ...
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Should basic exercises be solved before formulas are introduced?

I was watching (as a fellow teacher) a lecture on arithmetic progression. It so happened that a formula was rapidly introduced and used. The formula was $a_i = a_1 + (i-1)r$ (I trust the terms ...
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Should we finish algebra before starting geometry?

Comparing an old french mathematics book for grade 9 and a new one, one obvious difference is the ordering of the chapters. In the old book, all the algebra chapters are grouped together then all the ...
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What does the research say about direct instruction vs. student centered approaches

I have heard contradicting views that both parties say are research based. Specifically, I am looking for research on which teaching methods (direct instruction or student centered approaches) are ...
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How to control for numerical factor in mathematics education research?

I am going to carry out a small scale action research on ratio problems. I would ask the same questions in different ways and see whether wordings would affect students' performance. However, past ...
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Math Education Research Areas

I am starting my PhD this Fall in Math Education. I would like to either teach math at a university or work in a curriculum and instruction department doing research and teaching for a university. ...
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Studies into the effects of having fewer classes per term

Have there been any studies done into the effect of having fewer classes per term on a student's comprehension of their mathematics course material? Also are there any examples of schools that have ...
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Source for analysis of identification of structures in learner's mind and mathematical structures?

Concerning the structure of the learner's mind, psychologist Piaget claimed that There exists, as a function of the development of intelligence as a whole, a spontaneous and gradual construction ...
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Need scientific source to prove the difference between arithmetics/calculus and real mathematical skills

For research about cognitive information retention, I'm trying to find a scientific reference where they explain the difference between the capability to apply real mathematical skills (entailing ...
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What is the difference between “numeracy” and “number sense”?

Is there a difference between numeracy and number sense, or are they synonymous? In my language they are often both translated to the same word (tallforståelse). I'm thinking that perhaps numeracy ...
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How many secondary-school students are working on achieving independent understanding?

If mathematicians and math teachers and textbooks in all cultures in all eras say that a certain theorem has been proved, then the reasonable layperson trusts them. At the same time, a student who ...
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“Good” and “Bad” student intuitions when teaching and learning mathematics

I'm a college math/science tutor and I'm really interested in STEM education. I'm currently starting work on a project I hope to present in a couple of months at a tutoring conference and I was ...
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Reason behind the dominance of particular countries in the IMO (International Mathematical Olympiad)

I was watching the result of IMO 2014 where I found that China was on Top and USA, Russia were following China. This is not the exceptional case, you can pick the results of each IMO in some of the ...
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Typical rate of success in junior or senior level math courses at US universities

I am curious, if we define success or failure by grades earned, or pass-rate (pass meaning the student does not need to retake the course) then what is the typical pass rate for students in upper ...
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Research on the effects of simulation and interactive visualization

Are there any existing research on the effectiveness of computer simulation and/or interactive visualization for the learning of mathematical concepts? I ask because: There has been some efforts in ...
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Literature on teaching and learning probability

In an earlier question, the book Exploring Probability in School (2005) (Link) was mentioned. It gives an overview of the research on the teaching and learning of probability up to that point. Does ...
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“Function” vs “Function of …”: how much does it contribute to students difficulties?

Most textbooks I've seen (and teachers I've met, myself included) are rather careless about the distinction between variables and functions. For example, when we write $y=f(x)$ we all know that $f$ ...
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conceptual framework

The undergraduate students are having difficulty in solving problems like algebra and geometry in a classroom. In order to improve their poor performance in mathematics, an intervention (enhancement ...
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Importance of exercises for learning mathematics

For me it seem to be obvious that exercises and exercise courses are important for undergraduates to learn mathematics and skills like finding a proof or writing it down. Was there any research ...
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References on the effectiveness of manipulatives (virtual vs. physical) [duplicate]

I am in need to find references for my thesis proposal. My topic is "Virtual manipulative versus physical manipulative: which way do students learn faster?". Do you know any authors that worked on ...
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What is the correlation between students' contentment and educational quality?

In order to evaluate new educational material the contentment of students with this material is often measured. However, just because a student is contented doesn't mean that he/she has actually ...
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Average time to solve basic arithmetic problem

I am a game developer currently making a game based on basic arithmetic problems for kids and teens. Are there any research papers on the average time to solve basic arithmetic problems or on how to ...
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Is there a literature database like MathSciNet for Mathematics Education?

Is there a literature database like MathSciNet for mathematics education?
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Teaching algebra to visually impaired or blind students

I am currently writing an independent project investigating the teaching and learning of algebra for students with a visual impairment. I am struggling to find literature specifically about teaching ...
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Appropriate journals for case study article about teaching math to learning-disabled student

Many scholarly articles have been written about the relationship between low working memory and math learning difficulties. There's not much written about what to do about it. I would like to write ...
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“Calculators are so twentieth century.”

Even though I studied maths, I became familiar with programming in my junior year at university. I'm indebted to the professor who encouraged me in that pursuit, as it provided me with an avenue not ...
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Way to learn mathematics [closed]

Good day. I am working in IT-related field, has a bachelor degree and intend to get graduate degree in Computer Science. Since it requires passing some math test I need to prepare for this exam. ...
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How to think mathematically?

Later this year, high school teachers from the region will visit our university for a day and be given special lectures on different topics. I've been asked to give a talk with the title "How to ...