Questions tagged [reference-request]

A reference request is a request to be provided with (links to) documentation, official papers, and specs related to one or more specific algorithms or mathematical procedures, to provide a trusted base for what's being said or written.

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Is Calculus Necessary?

That title is a quote from Fred Roberts: Fred Roberts. "Is Calculus Necessary?" Proceedings of the Fourth International Congress on Mathematical Education. 1980. p.52ff. "Calculus is not ...
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Quantifying arthmetical skill

Question for a research project: What is the standard way of quantifying a student's skill in arithmetic ranging from having to look up numbers on a times-table to computing large sums in their head ...
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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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Math for Social justice curriculum

Recently, a friend of mine who plans to work as a "social-impact consultant" (she is currently a College senior with a background in intro statistics) requested that I offer some kind of curriculum ...
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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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Apply the inverse operation on both sides, or know the inverse function?

My old question here was about logarithms, but as I teach more and more (precalculus) algebra, I've generalized the question a bit in my mind. Should students do the same thing to both sides, or ...
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Styles of visualization in geometry

Some people talk about visual thinkers and non-visual thinkers, but I am interested in a contrast within styles of visual thinking. There are people who readily visualize complicated flow charts and ...
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Literature on student understanding of assumptions

In a discussion with a physics lecturer he mentioned that one major area where students fail is understanding assumptions - for example, if we are interested in two objects hitting each other and then ...
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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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Should we “program” calculus students, like the physicists seem to want us to?

If it is true that we first learn formalism...how to do things that we don't understand, should we regard teaching students mathematics as programming dumb machines with formal rules (to the greatest ...
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GRE Geometry Reference Request?

My brother is taking the normal GRE (not the math subject test), and I need to help him learn geometry. I know basic geometry myself, but I need a book that will present it well and will have good ...
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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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Separating the roles of “teacher” and “assessor”

Teachers at the university level (at least what I've seen in the US) are responsible for both teaching students the material for a course, and assessing the students' understanding of the course ...
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Does the “how old is the shepherd” phenomenon occur for more relatable word problems?

A friend of mine just showed me this article about the "how old is the shepherd" problem: Link Of course, I'm shocked by the finding that 75 percent of kids give an answer other than "there isn't ...
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References for persistence of grades [closed]

I've recently been challenged on my proposal that a reasonable way to estimate a student's future GPA is to look at his/her current GPA. I am looking for any papers that study the correlation of ...
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Journals that feature challenge problems for high school students?

I'm interested in journals that present challenging problems for high school students and take answer submissions. I coach some talented high school students and would like to encourage them to ...
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Effectiveness of audio / video feedback

Hattie & Timperley (2007) mention a meta-analysis about video or audio feedback with a mean effective size of .64 (Table 2 on page 84). They state that this analysis was part of the meta-analysis ...
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Catalog of undergraduate's misconceptions / problems while proving

Selden & Selden (2011) listed 41 difficulties their students had in an experimental proving course into 9 categories. Unfortunately I haven't found similar work. Thus, my question is: Is there ...
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Is there any advantage of plotting graphs using traditional paper and pencil method?

Why don't we discard the traditional pencil and paper method of graph plotting in high schools and for freshers at colleges since there are many electronic devices doing the graphing? And please where ...
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Gender and groupwork

What does current evidence suggest: doing group work in mixed/balanced gender groups or doing group work in single gender groups? Setting College level mathematics/science course Group size ...
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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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Native language, writing, and mathematical problem solving

This question is meant to explore the intuition that mathematical thought does not most naturally proceed from writing in one's native language. The hackneyed and not entirely satisfying slogan that ...
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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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Effectiveness of multiple-choice versus short answer questions

I want to know if there is any research on whether students' learn better by answering selected response (multiple choice) questions than constructed response (written) questions. My gut feeling is ...
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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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request for evidence about class perspectives in math word problems

A recent publication: Anita Bright. Education for Whom? Word Problems as Carriers of Cultural Values. Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education. (Spring 2016). pp. 6-22. Link No paywall. observes ...
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Definition of the term, equation

What is the definition of an equation (as a mathematical terminology)? I have been using this term, equation, for a long time. I don't even remember when and where I have learned this term (Possibly, ...
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Soft questions for 8 - 12 year olds

I am concluding my second year in mathematics at the university of Milan. I also happen to be an educator for 8 - 12 year old children (as a Scout). Recently I have tried to fill some dead time by ...
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Subtraction Methods in School Mathematics

I have studied long ago different method for subtracting numbers, for instance the borrow method or the Austrian method (I hope I am using the right names; I am not an English native speaker and these ...
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Paper on Replicating Test Questions

I recall reading a paper a few years ago (though I think it was in physics) on a class where they decided to repeat a midterm test question on the final exam and students performed noticeably worse on ...
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Is there any research on the value of extra credit in the college mathematics classroom?

After teaching mathematics for a year, where in each class I had opportunities for my students to earn extra credit, I am reflecting on whether this has any value. The reason why I am questioning ...
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Reference request for studies on gender in math examples, homework problems, or math exams

I am looking for a study or reference on gender in math problems given in mathematics. In math texts or even on math exams, if there is a word problem involving people, these people or "characters" ...
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Request for IBL Script for Putnam-type Problem Solving Course

One of the major benefits of a good IBL script is that it effectively organizes the experience of students so that their effort does not need to be used on such organization. A good script leads from ...
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Literature on learning from errors in mathematics

In teaching undergraduate mathematics, I implemented some strategies to encourage the students to look at errors they made or at "typical errors" in the current topic. One attempt was to compile a ...
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How important is the act of writing his own script for the learning outcome?

There are several styles of delivering a lecture: The lecturer uses the blackboard and the students write their own lecture notes. The lecturer uses the blackboard and also provide a script so that ...
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Resource request: incorrect “proofs” for undergrads to correct/critique

I am teaching an intro to proof course for undergraduate math majors at a medium-sized american research university. I would like to provide my students with some incorrect proofs for the purpose of ...
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Examples of vocabulary that have different meanings in Mathematics compared to “everyday” English

I am asking this question here to obtain a nice reference list. I am asking for examples of words which have different connotations or meanings in Mathematics compared to English as taught in ...
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Evidence for or against the claim that some students are “algebra people” and others are “geometry people”

Where I live and work, there is a widely-accepted and often-repeated claim that there are two kinds of students: "algebra people" and "geometry people". This claim sometimes gets expressed in ...
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Do “overview” sections increase learning outcome?

I write a math textbook for which I want to make an overview chapter for each part of the textbook. In those overview chapters I want to motivate and introduce the new mathematical concepts. I also ...
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Sketching paraboloids on paper

I have to teach sketching paraboloids on paper by looking at it's equation. Last year when I taught this topic no one was interested in learning this particular thing. They felt the topic difficult ...
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Physical vs. Virtual manipulatives in the high school classroom

I notice that geometry students frequently have difficulty with representations of 3-dimensional objects in 2 dimensions. Today, we worked with physical manipulatives in order to help visualize where ...
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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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References for graduate education

A search in Google returns lots of studies and thinkings about teaching in undergraduate schools. Could anybody come up with any research/references about teaching in graduate schools (graduate ...
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Educational styles for writing proofs

Can someone please point to research papers that analyze different ways of expressing informal proofs from an educational point of view? I am particularly interested in proofs by induction but I would ...
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The general and particular in the psychology of mathematics education

Many students I have spoken with who are drawn to becoming mathematics teachers chose their mathematics major because they enjoyed doing routine exercises in high school. The comfort of a definite and ...
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Research on the use of outlined / structured proofs in instruction

Has there been any research into comparing the effectiveness of using "structured proofs" or "outlined proofs" in higher level mathematics education, compared to traditional "prose" proofs? For the ...
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How important is it to show students an application of the topics seen in an undergraduate course?

I am currently designing a proof-based Math course for my University. I already designed and ordered all of the theoretical content in the course and included some ad hoc exercises for practicing each ...
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Resource request: superposition of triangular lattice and its hexagonal dual lattice

I was wondering if anyone knew of a source for pdfs of graph paper with both the triangular lattice and its dual hexgonal lattice superimposed over each other? I would like this to hand out to my ...
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Difference in difficulty between removing and adding structures?

In Fantasy math, Peter Saveliev remarks: Removing structures from consideration is hard; adding is much easier. Compare how you start with point-set topology -- by removing the geometry from the ...
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John Dewey and Educative Mathematical Experience

In John Dewey's Experience and Education, he proposes a qualitative measure for an experience (please simply understand this in common usage for the purposes of this question) to be educative. Namely, ...