id: 02352883
dt: j
an: 2003d.03446
au: Slavit, David; Cooper, Kevin; LoFaro, Tom
ti: Understandings of solutions to differential equations through contexts,
web-based simulations, and student discussion.
so: Sch. Sci. Math. 102, No. 8, 380-390 (2002).
py: 2002
pu: Wiley (Wiley-Blackwell), Hoboken, NJ; School Science and Mathematics
Association (SSMA), Stillwater, OK
la: EN
cc: I74 I75 R24 R25 C34 C35
ut:
ci:
li: doi:10.1111/j.1949-8594.2002.tb17890.x
ab: As in the case of elementary mathematics, the instruction of high-level
mathematical concepts can often be sacrificed at the expense of a focus
on algorithmic procedures. Computer-based simulations can expand an
undergraduate mathematics instructor’s opportunity to explore
high-level mathematical concepts in an applied environment. This study
describes one instructor’s approach to incorporating simulations and
classroom discussions in a differential equations course and the
subsequent effects on student learning attitudes and outcomes. Students
made modest gains in the area of conceptualizing and applying ideas
regarding solutions to differential equations in this learning
environment. Implications of the study include the identification of
specific gains relative to computer-mediated learning environments and
recommendations for using simulations to support conceptual
development. (author’s abstract)
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