id: 06679019
dt: a
an:
au: Maycock, Ellen J.
ti: “The wild side of math”: experimenting with group theory.
so: Dewar, Jacqueline (ed.) et al., Mathematics education. A spectrum of work
in mathematical sciences departments. Cham: Springer (ISBN
978-3-319-44949-4/hbk; 978-3-319-44950-0/ebook). Association for Women
in Mathematics Series 7, 199-211 (2016).
py: 2016
pu: Cham: Springer
la: EN
cc: H45 U75 D45
ut: group theory; teaching with technology; inquiry-based learning; computer
laboratories
ci:
li: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-44950-0_14
ab: Summary: Group theory has traditionally been taught to mathematics majors
using the “theorem-proof-example” format. Although this method of
presentation is satisfying to a mathematician, many students have
difficulty learning the concepts of group theory this way. More than 20
years ago, I transformed my abstract algebra classroom into an active
learning environment by using the software package Exploring Small
Groups. In this chapter, I describe my approach, illustrating it with a
specific example, and discuss its impact on my students, my career and
other mathematicians.
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