The Importance of Riemann Sum Concept in Solving Integration Problem

The Importance of Riemann Sum Concept in Solving Integration Problem

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The International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education published a research article by BYU Mathematics Education assistant professor Steven Jones, PhD, in August 2017. The article “Teaching integration: How certain instructional moves may undermine the potential conceptual value of the Riemann sum and the Riemann integral” discussed the importance of teaching Riemann sum-based conceptions in introductory calculus classes, which are important for solving science and engineering problems. It is common for calculus instructors to initially teach the Riemann sum and Riemann integral concepts when introducing integration in first-semester calculus. However, they also may send subtle messages to students that the concept is not important. “What I am hoping to do is to remind instructors to really think about not just teaching shortcuts to calculate numerical answers, but what ideas can…
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Learn to Notice Student Thinking

Learn to Notice Student Thinking

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BYU Mathematics Education professors coauthored two chapters in the book Teacher Noticing: Bridging and Broadening Perspectives, Contexts, and Frameworks, published by Springer International in July 2017. The book reflects the continuing development of teacher noticing through an exploration of the latest research. Both chapters focused on the importance of observing and noticing students’ valuable mathematical thinking, and then turning it into a purposeful learning discussion. Dr. Dawn Teuscher, Dr. Keith Leatham and Dr. Blake Peterson coauthored the chapter “From a framework to a lens: Learning to notice student mathematical thinking”. This chapter shares evidence of how student teachers who had previous research experience identifying student mathematical thinking in classroom videos could apply these noticing skills in their student teaching. “During their student teaching, they have to do journals, and the…
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The Teacher’s Craft

The Teacher’s Craft

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Please click the following link and look at pages 16-19 for an article entitled "The Teacher's Craft: How Japan Fosters Great Teaching Methods" regarding Dr. Doug Corey and Dr. Blake Peterson. https://issuu.com/cpmsmarketing/docs/spring_2017_frontiers
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Research by Dr. Steven Jones Published in Journal of Mathematical Behavior

Research by Dr. Steven Jones Published in Journal of Mathematical Behavior

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The Journal of Mathematical Behavior published an article by BYU Mathematics Education Assistant Professor Steven Jones, PhD, in March 2017. “An Exploratory Study on Student Understandings of Derivatives in Real-World, Non-Kinematics Contexts” examines how students take the concepts they learn in their math classes, and apply them to coursework in areas of study outside of pure mathematics. In particular, Jones examined how students worked with, interpreted, and reasoned about calculus derivatives inside various physics and engineering contexts. He examined the additional complexities that exist in understanding the derivative in these kinds of contexts, such as knowing how to work with “non-time” independent variables. While students were typically capable of calculating these derivatives, they did not always know how to make sense of what they meant. “The vast majority of students…
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Dr. Teuscher Kicks Off Research Funded by the National Science Foundation

Dr. Teuscher Kicks Off Research Funded by the National Science Foundation

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After receiving an EHR Core Research Grant from the National Science Foundation In September of last year, BYU Mathematics Education associate professor Dawn Teuscher is putting her research into motion. “Because of the elite status of the NSF and the rigorous submission process, obtaining grants through this agency is very competitive,” said Department Chair Dr. Blake Peterson. “Obtaining this grant is a significant accomplishment for Dr. Teuscher, and for the department.” Dr. Teuscher–in conjunction with three other professors at Grand Valley State University, University of Arkansas Fayetteville, and University of Nevada Las Vegas–originally received the three year grant after submitting a proposal to measure how eighth grade teachers make curriculum choices, and explore the reasoning behind the activities that are included or excluded in lesson plans. Now, they’re getting to…
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CONGRATS Amy Tanner!!!

CONGRATS Amy Tanner!!!

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Congratulations to Amy Tanner, the 2017 recipient of the College of Physical and Mathematical Science's excellence in teaching award for faculty with 3 - 10 years.  A very deserving award, way to go Amy!  
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Congratulations Shawn Green!

Congratulations Shawn Green!

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Congratulations to Shawn Green for being awarded the Outstanding Mathematics Education Student for Winter Semester 2017.  We wish you the best as you finish up student teaching and begin working as a mathematics educator.
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