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Seeing things from others’ points of view: Collaboration in undergraduate mathematics


Oates, GN and Paterson, J and Reilly, I and Woods, G, Seeing things from others' points of view: Collaboration in undergraduate mathematics, PRIMUS, 26, (3) pp. 206-228. ISSN 1051-1970 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10511970.2015.1094683


We report on three approaches taken to incorporate collaborative activities into undergraduate mathematics classes. There is strong evidence from research in K-12 classrooms that these, and similar, approaches support a range of positive learning outcomes for students. Despite the potential benefits the cited studies have shown, research into the use of such methods at the tertiary level is limited. We describe the ways in which we have implemented research projects, collaborative tutorials, and team-based learning in a range of undergraduate mathematics classes in two countries. We present quantitative and qualitative evidence from these teaching experiences to support our claim that there is a definite mandate for significant opportunities within our courses for students to work cooperatively, talk together, and argue about mathematics.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:collaboration, undergraduate mathematics
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Oates, GN (Associate Professor Greg Oates)
ID Code:122032
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-10-27
Last Modified:2017-11-20

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