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Research in Collegiate Mathematics Education. I
Edited by: Ed Dubinsky, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, Alan H. Schoenfeld, University of California, Berkeley, CA, and Jim Kaput, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA
A co-publication of the AMS and CBMS.

CBMS Issues in Mathematics Education
1994; 229 pp; softcover
Volume: 4
Reprint/Revision History:
reprinted 1996
ISBN-10: 0-8218-3504-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-3504-3
List Price: US$50
Member Price: US$40
All Individuals: US$40
Order Code: CBMATH/4
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The field of research in collegiate mathematics education has grown rapidly over the past twenty-five years. Many people are convinced that improvement in mathematics education can only come with a greater understanding of what is involved when a student tries to learn mathematics and how pedagogy can be more directly related to the learning process. Today there is a substantial body of work and a growing group of researchers addressing both basic and applied issues of mathematics education at the collegiate level. This volume is testimony to the growth of the field. The intention is to publish volumes on this topic annually, doing more or less as the level of growth dictates. The introductory articles, survey papers, and current research that appear in this first issue convey some aspects of the state of the art. The book is aimed at researchers in collegiate mathematics education and teachers of college-level mathematics courses who may find ideas and results that are useful to them in their practice of teaching, as well as the wider community of scholars interested in the intellectual issues raised by the problem of learning mathematics.

This series is published in cooperation with the Mathematical Association of America.


Researchers in collegiate mathematics education and college level mathematics teachers.


From Reviews for RCME III ...

"Offers some hope for increasing the active participation of mathematicians in investigating the nature of mathematics learning and teaching ... everyone will benefit from reading the opening article ... could evolve into an important scholarly journal where both mathematicians and mathematics educators actively seek to publish ... Future developments will be of great interest."

-- Robert F. Wheeler, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education

"Thompson's discussion on functions is very useful and illuminating both theoretically and practically."

-- Alfinio Flores, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education

Table of Contents

  • A. H. Schoenfeld -- Some notes on the enterprise (research in collegiate mathematics education, that is)
  • P. W. Thompson -- Students, functions, and the undergraduate curriculum
  • T. Eisenberg and T. Dreyfus -- On understanding how students learn to visualize function transformations
  • S. Frid -- Three approaches to undergraduate calculus instruction: Their nature and potential impact on students' language use and sources of conviction
  • J. Bookman and C. P. Friedman -- A comparison of the problem solving performance of students in lab based and traditional calculus
  • M. V. Bonsangue -- An efficacy study of the calculus workshop model
  • S. Monk and R. Nemirovsky -- The case of Dan: Student construction of a functional situation through visual attributes
  • M. M. Shoaf-Grubbs -- The effect of the graphing calculator on female students' spatial visualization skills and level-of-understanding in elementary graphing and algebra concepts
  • R. Zazkis and H. Khoury -- To the right of the "decimal" point: Preservice teachers' concepts of place value and multidigit structures
  • L. A. Steen -- Twenty questions about research on undergraduate mathematics education
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