
06177592
j
2013d.00857
Smeal, Mary
Walker, Sandra
Carter, Jamye
SimmonsJohnson, Carolyn
Balam, Esenc
Exploring the effectiveness of different approaches to teaching finite mathematics.
J. Comput. Math. Sci. Teach. 32, No. 2, 247257 (2013).
2013
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
EN
U50
D40
D30
finite mathematics
teaching approaches
distance learning
computer aided instruction
Summary: Traditionally, mathematics has been taught using a very direct approach in which the teacher explains the procedure to solve a problem and the students use pencil and paper to solve the problem. However, a variety of alternative approaches to mathematics have surfaced from a number of different directions. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics encouraged teachers to incorporate a more studentcentered approach as well as utilize technology. The American Mathematical Association of TwoYear Colleges standards also suggested that technology is an essential part of reform curricula, specifically software and graphing calculators. In attempts to include more students at the university level, many universities are offering distance learning courses as an option. Another consideration of distance learning is that an estimated 5075 percent of corporate education uses online technology, so familiarity with online education increases a students' job marketability.