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Research in Collegiate Mathematics Education. II
Edited by: Jim Kaput, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, MA, Alan H. Schoenfeld, University of California, Berkeley, CA, Ed Dubinsky, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, and Thomas Dick, Managing Editor, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
A co-publication of the AMS and CBMS.

CBMS Issues in Mathematics Education
1996; 217 pp; softcover
Volume: 6
ISBN-10: 0-8218-0382-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-0382-0
List Price: US$45
Member Price: US$36
All Individuals: US$36
Order Code: CBMATH/6
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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 second volume in Research in Collegiate Mathematics Education begins with a paper that attends to methodology and closes with a list of questions. The lead-off 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.


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 choice-of-major 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 computer-based and a standard college first-year calculus course
  • A. Baranchik and B. Cherkas -- Differential patterns of guessing and omitting in mathematics placement testing
  • T. C. DeFranco -- A perspective on mathematical problem-solving 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 November-1 December, 1995
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