id: 06539587
dt: j
an: 2016b.00961
au: Rensaa, Ragnhild Johanne; Grevholm, Barbro
ti: A textbook in linear algebra ‒ the use and views of engineering students.
so: Nord. Mat.didakt. 20, No. 3-4, 223-245 (2015).
py: 2015
pu: Nationellt Centrum för Matematikutbildning (NCM), Göteborgs Universitet,
Göteborg
la: EN
cc: U25 H65 C25
ut: textbooks; linear algebra; non-mathematics majors
ci:
li:
ab: Summary: This paper has a twofold aim. One is to analyse parts of a linear
algebra textbook to seek for its relevance to engineering students.
Another is to present an analysis of engineering students’ views
about this textbook. Results from the textbook analysis indicate that
characteristics like motivating examples and visual design of text and
pictures may appeal to engineering students. This is confirmed by
analysis of students’ views, showing that the textbook is
appreciated, with examples as the most valued part. The textbook’s
design with theory presented in small portions, often in examples using
specific values to illustrate theoretical arguments, seems to be a
success factor.
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