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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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Importance of etymological approach to terminology

Here I have two issues related to this post. How can etymological approach to a language be used to improve creativity skills of mathematics in students; I think, knowing the evolution which has ...
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Where can I find new types of problems regarding graduate level mathematics?

Though not an undergraduate student , I just wanted to know where can I find hard new types of problems regarding the problems in graduate level mathematics. As per my information , standard books ...
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Cognitive activation vs cognitive load reduction

During my teaching training in Germany and in many professional development sessions, there has been repeated emphasis on the importance of cognitive activation and challenging tasks for effective ...
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Role of history of mathematics in contextual teaching and learning

To get a deeper understanding of mathematics conceptual teaching and learning is supposed to be a much better approach than factual teaching and learning processes. Since the conceptual approach is ...
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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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Studies on the effects of using online platforms in teaching mathematics on students' beliefs about mathematics

Are you aware of any research examining the impact of utilizing online platforms in teaching mathematics, on students' beliefs about mathematics? To give you an example of the kind of beliefs that I ...
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What is a theoretical contribution in mathematics-education research?

I am an early-career mathematics-education researcher. Recently, I received a request for major revisions for a manuscript I had submitted on opportunities to learn provided by undergraduate ...
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Research into how students read algebraic expressions

In answering another question What is the justification to teach the (redundant) use of parentheses in multiplications? I was left wondering what we actually know about students' progression in terms ...
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Research Into Self-Learning at Undergraduate Level and Above

My motivation for this question is personal. I'm a software engineer and I study mathematical logic as a hobby. Subjectively, it feels like I make the most progress after asking a question on the Math ...
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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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Research on how mathematics skills transfer to other areas

Briefly: I am looking for research on the extent to which learning mathematics (let's say "college algebra" if we want to be specific) impacts problem solving skills, abstract reasoning, etc. Less ...
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Is there a widely respected early childhood math curriculum?

If it's a good idea to work on reading and language from early childhood, I'd bet that it's a good idea to work on math and quantities too. I have an 18 month old. I've pretty much been winging it ...
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Research on Waldorf/Steiner mathematics education

I am mildly interested in research on mathematics education in the Waldorf/Steiner educational context, primarily in the upper secondary school setting, but not exclusively. Information about Waldorf/...
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Conferences dealing w/challenges of teaching higher level math to STEM audiences

I'm interested in knowing whether there are conferences that have, among other topics, the difficulty of teaching higher level mathematical concepts to folks with prior established skills in STEM, e.g....
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Policy in mathematics teaching

Recently I was reading A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction And I ended up getting in doubt after reading things like this: According to the ...
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Whence the "everything is linear" phenomenon, and what can we do about it?

$$ \color{red}{(a+b)^2 = a^2+b^2}$$ $$ \color{red}{\sqrt{x^4+y^4} = x^2+y^2} $$ $$ \color{red}{e^{t^2+C} = e^{t^2}+e^C}$$ I've observed this phenomenon -- wherein, implicitly, students say, "...
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What are differences and the examples of syntactic knowlede and substantive knowledge in mathematics?

There is a distinction between substantive and syntactic knowledge particularly in mathematics. There are several definitions for both knowledge. However, what are the indicators and the examples of ...
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Search for educational articles

I am looking for articles in French preferably (or in English otherwise, but my english is bad..) on the following topics: study of assessments made in class after a problem; phase of conclusion of a ...
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Measuring the effectiveness of one-on-one instruction?

I've been recently thinking a lot about what would be the "best possible instruction method", and in regards to that, I've been drawn the question of what would be possible if a student had ...
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is it beneficial to encourage high school students to conduct their own 'research' in mathematics?

Is it good idea to encourage students to look up more about particular topics that interest them? The idea is that I don't think they will understand how to read math literature. for example, if a ...
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What studies exist, comparing the efficacy of exercise sheets with or without worked solutions?

I've been tutoring mathematics at university level for over 10 years, and one of the more common requests from students is worked solutions for sheets of exercises. Most educators I've worked with ...
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Is it a good idea for elementary school students to observe and discover the "circle perimeter formula" themselves without being dictated to?

Let them discover $\;\ell=2\pi R\;$ by their own, at least the invariance of $\ell/R$ Do you think that the following method works well in a mathematics class of elementary school? What do you think ...
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Different Teaching Styles for Different Genders?

I was recently looking through job listings in my local area (US high school, ages 14-18) and I found two boarding schools with vacancies, one was male-only and the other was female-only. This got me ...
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Which works better for learning 6 * 7 = 42: saying "six sevens are forty-two", or "six times seven equals forty-two"?

When memorizing and recalling the times table, I learned to say "six sevens are forty-two", and always wondered what it would be like to learn to say "six times seven equals forty-two&...
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Learning Mathematics with the aid of spaced repetition systems

I am currently self-studying, so I learn using a textbook which I work through in a linear fashion. As I am introduced to new concepts I ask myself questions and I attempt to answer these questions ...
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Research into the mathematical education of adults with no prior formal mathematical experience

I am curious about the experiences of people who had no formal mathematical training in their youth, but learned mathematics as adults. I imagine that there are a fair number of people in the US who ...
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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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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 edn ...
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Relational understanding for a specific topic

I want to aproach the undertanding of the trigonometric function based on the concept of relacional undertanding, but I have problems to came up with and problemic situation for it. I mean I don´t ...
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How long should we spend on teaching students the basics of subject?

Highschool-courses, at least in my country, are structured in a way that you tackle with a higher level of a given subject after some time constraint. So, after one year, you get to a higher class ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What Math(s) Ed literature is accessible to the working math(s) educator?

This site is - as far as I'm aware - for what I would term working maths educators. That is, on the whole the users of this site are not researchers in mathematics education. Rather, we are the ...
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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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Is there a framework to study the mathematical competence in problem-posing?

I've read some articles about it and those papers show us that there are some facts to understand the mathematical competence in problem-posing. Besides that, those investigations show that there are ...