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2015e.00256
Burke, Michael C.
A pedagogical odyssey.
Dewar, Jacqueline M. (ed.) et al., Doing the scholarship of teaching and learning in mathematics. Washington, DC: The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) (ISBN 9780883851937/pbk; 9781614443186/ebook). MAA Notes 83, 107116 (2015).
2015
Washington, DC: The Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
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D45
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M15
scholarship of teaching and learning
universities
educational research
functions
mathematical applications
interdisciplinary approach
realworld data analysis
population dynamics
didactics of mathematics
educational diagnosis
analysis of learning outcomes
evaluation
teachinglearning processes
academic approach
professional development
peer review
Summary: The authors's odyssey in this inspirational chapter could be characterized as a ``vision of the possible" investigation, initiated because he wanted to try something unusual. He began with a desire to help his students gain a deeper understanding of the concept of a function. He also wanted them to encounter genuine applications of mathematics, ones that were truly interdisciplinary. He thought that asking his students to write about this would help them clarify their thinking. As his experiment unfolded, to understand what was happening and to refine what he was trying to achieve, he first used reflective practice, and later SoTL. This chapter underscores the usefulness of observation and data collection on two levels. In aiming to teach his students the value of observation and data collection, the author discovers that this is exactly what he must do as their teacher  observe and collect data.