Teaching and Assessing Mathematics using Maple Dissertation or Thesis by Writing Specialists

Teaching and Assessing Mathematics using Maple
This paper describes the use of specific technological tools that assist students in the development of their mathematical skills.
# 92460 | 19,371 words | 41 sources | APA | 2007 | US


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Description:

This extensive paper describes the use of Computer Algebra Systems (CAS) in helping students develop their mathematical skills. The research contained in this report addresses the use of CAS in the mathematics classroom. It also addresses the attitudes shared by teachers and students alike as it relates to the use of this technology. In particular, the Maple CAS system is evaluated. The author states that the purpose of this research is to take a systematic approach to the design and evaluation of the teaching, learning and assessing mathematics courses using the CAS Maple. The focus of the evaluation are first year service mathematics courses at a university. The effectiveness of different ways of incorporating Maple activities into such courses is also examined.

Table of Contents
Introduction and Statement of the Research Questions
Literature Review
How People Learn Mathematics and the Role of Technology
Review of Studies Related to the Use of Technology in the Classroom
Utilizing Computer Algebra Systems
CAS in the Classroom
Survey Papers
The Research Methodology of the Study
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"The purpose of this research is to take a systematic approach to the design and evaluation of the teaching, learning and assessing mathematics courses using the CAS Maple. Of particular interest are first year service mathematics courses at RMIT University. The effectiveness of different ways of incorporating Maple activities into such courses will also be examined.
The investigation will be conducted as a research and development activity through which Maple activities are designed and evaluated in a feedback cycle and we follow an Action Research methodology. Initially, examples from the literature and relevant theories concerning mathematical understanding were sought in order to inform the development of new resources. Student's responses to the first cycle of activities in 2003 were obtained. The conclusions drawn are informing the development of resources for the next cycle. This process will continue over the course of six semesters. The research methods utilized are observations of classes, analysis of student's work, responses to specially designed test instruments, use of feedback questionnaires and structured interviews. Some use will be made of video will also be utilized to record and analyse methodology to evaluate the teaching and learning of mathematics using Maple in a computer lab."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ball D. L. (2003) Mathematical Proficiency for All Students: Toward a Strategic Research and Development Program in Mathematics Education. Rand: Santa Monica, CA.
  • Barton, S. (2000). What Does the Research Say about Achievement of Students Who Use Calculator Technologies and Those Who Do Not? E. Proc. ICTCM 13 (Atlanta 2000), 13-C25, available at the URL:http://archives.math.utk.edu/ICTCM/
  • Blyth, B. (2001). Animations using Maple in First Year. Quaestiones Mathematicae, Suppl., 1 , Supplement, 201--208.
  • Blyth, B. (2002). Finite Element Methods: Presentation and Animation using Maple. In J. Bohm, editor, Proceedings of the Vienna International Symposium on Integrating Technology into Mathematics Education (VISIT-ME-2002), bk teachware, Austria, (CDROM).
  • Blyth, B. (2003). Visualization of slicing diagrams for double integrals using Maple. In R.L. May and W.F. Blyth, editors, EMAC2003 Proceedings, Proceedings of the Sixth Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference, 7-12. Engineering Mathematics Group, ANZIAM, Australia.

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APA Format

Teaching and Assessing Mathematics using Maple (2007, February 21) Retrieved February 27, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/dissertation-or-thesis/teaching-and-assessing-mathematics-using-maple-92460/

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"Teaching and Assessing Mathematics using Maple" 21 February 2007. Web. 27 February. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/dissertation-or-thesis/teaching-and-assessing-mathematics-using-maple-92460/>

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