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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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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 ...
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Research on reciprocal teaching of mathematics?

Reciprocal teaching seems to have started as method of teaching how to read difficult texts (with respect to the level of the reader). Has reciprocal teaching been applied to teaching mathematics? Is ...
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Where can I publish on an undergraduate course that I helped develop and teach?

I co-developed and co-taught an interdisciplinary course with several colleagues from several departments for junior/senior college students. This was a very interesting experience, and I am wondering ...
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Rewards based educaton

How important are rewards - read marks/grades - for students in education? Can the thirst for grades/marks be replaced by a desire for learning? Context Problems are at the heart of mathematics ...
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How can a research mathematician transition into a mathematics education researcher?

Mathematics education research is generally very different than mathematics research. I am interested in collaborating with mathematics education professors at my next institution, and possibly ...
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References on British, German and French educational system

I'm writing a comparative study between mathematical teaching in my country (which sucks by the way) with others. However, I don't want to make it about today, globalization gives us a good notion of ...
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Creativity in mathematics

I have recently been engaging more and more with my creative side by drawing, writing, and (trying to) playing piano. I have come to see mathematics as much more of a creative field of study than I ...
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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 ...
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Effectiveness of proofs in secondary education

I'll have a department meeting in about 10 days and I want to bring the subject of proofs up. While most teachers do proofs in the blackboard, I want to argue that we should put problems to prove in ...
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Is algebra really the gatekeeper to higher math, or is it multiplicative reasoning?

The National Mathematics Advisory Panel final report states that algebra is the gateway to higher math, to a college degree, and higher earnings from employment. It also states that success in algebra ...
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What math courses should be taught to undergrad electrical engineers: a 40 years update

I was browsing IEEE xplore the other day and found this gem called "What Mathematics Courses Should an Electrical Engineer Take? A Report on the National Study of Mathematics Requirements for ...
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Literature on skill transfer

Motivated by this other question I'm interested in getting to know the literature on mathematics skills transfer within itself. All I know is what I've read in David Perkins's book "Knowledge as ...
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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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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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Mathematics and the hermeneutic circle

Many students, teachers and parents view problems as confrontational. Many students develop a self concept in mathematics based on failed attempts to easily win such confrontations. This leads me to ...
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How can I retain the mathematics that I've supposedly learnt?

First off sorry if this question isn't suited to matheducators.stackexchange I just thought here would be a good place to ask seeing as you would probably have experience with students. Anyway here is ...
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Discovery-based and inquiry-based learning

In general, I think (and I am told by students) that I am good as a tutor. However, I would like to become more rigorously familiar with the discovery-based and inquiry-based learning applied to ...
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What is it about the education of the Jewish people that has allowed them to produce such remarkable Mathematicians? [closed]

There are far too many mathematicians for me to name here, you only need to wiki a mathematician of note to find out he is Jewish. Are they taught to think logically and analytically from a young age? ...
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Undergraduate maths research

I am looking for: an undergraduate research program in mathematics/theoretical physics offered online (e.g. via skype or something) given by a good institution which can be followed while attending ...
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Does playing tournament chess result in high-level mathematical gains, and not merely a skill whose benefits can be gained through any other activity?

https://chess.stackexchange.com/questions/5199/does-playing-tournament-chess-help-one-in-the-field-of-chess-related-math I often wonder whether the visualization of the various types of chess-related ...
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What research is there on the effectiveness of multiple choice questions for summative assessment?

This is perhaps the question that some thought Grading scale: how to handle multiple choice questions with different number of choices really was. I'm of the opinion that multiple choice questions ...
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Studies which compare students with and without math training

I am looking for studies which compare students who did not receive mathematical education beyond basic mathematics and those that learned maths upto introductory calculus, with the assumption that ...
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What are some best practices for creating student groups?

I came across Small-group composition and peer effects (Wilkinson & Fung, 2002) which got me thinking about the pros and cons of grouping students based on ability levels. When is it a good idea ...
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Lecture Notes: Slides with extra detail or longer PDF?

In courses that rely primarily on "lecture notes" over a text book, I've primarily seen two different ways to go: (1) Write slides that intentionally serve as notes (either by adding more detail ...
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Research supporting “recipe-style” calculus in senior high school?

Anecdotally, I've heard it said that in (Australian) grades 11 and 12 calculus needs to be taught in a procedural way involving merely recipes for doing calculus, rather than teaching for ...
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Is there any research on the correlation between a professor's research ability and their ability to teach graduate level courses?

In most universities that I am aware of, graduate courses in Mathematics are taught almost exclusively by research mathematicians. My question has two parts: What is the justification for this ...
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When is it a good idea to avoid talking about why something works?

I am teaching, among other things, a college algebra course this semester. In this course we do a lot of conceptual things but we also do some techniques to prepare students for calculus. One of 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 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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What does math education research know about difficulty vs. effectiveness?

I've asked basically the same question previously on on math.SE, then cogsci.SE without much response, surely here is the place to ask this. As anecdotal evidence is plentiful, but unfortunately ...

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