
06664686
j
2016f.00643
Lew, Kristen
FukawaConnelly, Timothy Patrick
Mej{\'\i}aRamos, Juan Pablo
Weber, Keith
Lectures in advanced mathematics: why students might not understand what the mathematics professor is trying to convey.
J. Res. Math. Educ. 47, No. 2, 162198 (2016).
2016
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Reston, VA
EN
D45
C75
C35
D75
lectures
undergraduate mathematics education
understanding
difficulties
doi:10.5951/jresematheduc.47.2.0162
Summary: We describe a case study in which we investigate the effectiveness of a lecture in advanced mathematics. We first videorecorded a lecture delivered by an experienced professor who had a reputation for being an outstanding instructor. Using video recall, we then interviewed the professor to determine the ideas that he intended to convey and how he tried to convey these ideas in this lecture. We also interviewed 6 students to see what they understood from this lecture. The students did not comprehend the ideas that the professor cited as central to his lecture. Based on our analyses, we propose 2 factors to account for why students did not understand these ideas.