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    Students’ views of example generation tasks

    Breen, Sinead and O'Shea, Ann and Pfeiffer, Kirsten (2016) Students’ views of example generation tasks. Teaching Mathematics and its Applications, 35 (1). pp. 27-40. ISSN 0268-3679

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    We report here on students’ views of example generation tasks assigned to them in two first year undergraduate Calculus courses. The design and use of such tasks was undertaken as part of a project which aimed to afford students opportunities to develop their thinking skills and their conceptual understanding. In interviews with 10 students, we found that on the whole they viewed the example generation tasks as unfamiliar and sometimes difficult, but also as beneficial for promoting conceptual understanding and independent thinking. In addition, some students characterized these tasks as ‘the backwards ones’.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Citation: Sinead Breen, Ann O’Shea, Kirsten Pfeiffer; Students’ views of example generation tasks, Teaching Mathematics and its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, Volume 35, Issue 1, 1 March 2016, Pages 27–40,
    Keywords: first year undergraduate Calculus course; example generation tasks;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Mathematics and Statistics
    Item ID: 10087
    Depositing User: Dr. Ann O'Shea
    Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2018 14:14
    Journal or Publication Title: Teaching Mathematics and its Applications
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: NAIRTL (National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning)
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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