CBMS Issues in Mathematics Education 1996; 217 pp; softcover Volume: 6 ISBN10: 0821803824 ISBN13: 9780821803820 List Price: US$45 Member Price: US$36 All Individuals: US$36 Order Code: CBMATH/6
 The field of research in collegiate mathematics education has grown rapidly over the past twentyfive 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 second volume in Research in Collegiate Mathematics Education begins with a paper that attends to methodology and closes with a list of questions. The leadoff paper describes a distinctive approach to research on key concepts in the undergraduate mathematics curriculum. This approach is distinguished from others in several ways, especially its integration of research and instruction. The papers in this volume exhibit a large diversity in methods and purposes, ranging from historical studies, to theoretical examinations of the role of gender in mathematics education, to practical evaluations of particular practices and circumstances. As in RCME I, this volume poses a list of questions to the reader related to undergraduate mathematics education. The eighteen questions were raised at the first Oberwolfach Conference in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, which was held in the fall of 1995, and are related to both research and curriculum. This series is published in cooperation with the Mathematical Association of America. Readership Researchers and teachers in collegiate mathematics education. Table of Contents  M. Asiala, A. Brown, D. J. DeVries, E. Dubinsky, D. Mathews, and K. Thomas  A framework for research and curriculum development in undergraduate mathematics education
 D. Dennis and J. Confrey  The creation of continuous exponents: A study of the methods and epistemology of John Wallis
 R. Zazkis and E. Dubinsky  Dihedral groups: A tale of two interpretations
 A. R. Leitze  To major or not major in mathematics? Affective factors in the choiceofmajor decision
 M. C. Linn and C. Kessel  Success in mathematics: Increasing talent and gender diversity among college majors
 S. L. Burmeister, P. A. Kenney, and D. L. Nice  Analysis of effectiveness of supplemental instruction (SI) sessions for college algebra, calculus, and statistics
 K. Park and K. J. Travers  A comparative study of a computerbased and a standard college firstyear calculus course
 A. Baranchik and B. Cherkas  Differential patterns of guessing and omitting in mathematics placement testing
 T. C. DeFranco  A perspective on mathematical problemsolving expertise based on the performances of male Ph.D. mathematicians
 Questions on new trends in the teaching and learning of mathematics: The Oberwolfach Conference, 27 November1 December, 1995
