id: 06592558
dt: j
an: 2016d.00419
au: van Dyke, Frances; Malloy, Elizabeth J.; Stallings, Virginia
ti: An activity to encourage writing in mathematics.
so: Can. J. Sci. Math. Technol. Educ. 14, No. 4, 371-387 (2014).
py: 2014
pu: Taylor \& Francis, Philadelphia, PA
la: EN
cc: D45 D35
ut: writing; undergraduate students; activities
ci:
li: doi:10.1080/14926156.2014.962711
ab: Summary: This article discusses an activity designed to encourage writing
to learn in mathematics. There were three stages of data collection. An
assessment, requiring basic algebra only, was completed by 118
undergraduates from statistics and calculus courses. Students were
given summaries of all participant responses, along with the correct
answers. After discussing the results, 25 students wrote about the
underlying concepts needed to answer the questions correctly and 38
gave reasons someone might answer the questions incorrectly. The
written responses were easy to evaluate and revealed much about
misunderstandings. A follow-up survey was given to students to elicit
their attitudes.
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