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Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium: Opportunity to learn from lectures in advanced mathematics - 5/13/16 @ 3:15 p.m. in NH 454
Author: Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Posted: May 5, 2016

Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics and
The Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Series*
present

Tim Fukawa-Connelly, Ph.D.
College of Education
Temple University

Opportunity to learn from lectures in advanced mathematics

Abstract:
In this report, we synthesize studies that we have conducted on how students interpret mathematics lectures. We present a case study of a lecture in which students in an advanced mathematics lecture did not comprehend the points that their professor intended to convey. We present three accounts for this: students’ note-taking strategies, their beliefs about proof, and their understanding of the professor’s colloquial mathematics. Finally, we explore via a larger-scale study, lecturing practices and student-note-taking behaviors. We refute claims that mathematicians do not present intuitive or conceptual explanations, and demonstrate that students are unlikely to take meaning away from these more informal aspects of lecture.

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 3:15 p.m.
Neuberger Hall 454
(Refreshments served at 2:45 p.m. in NH 344 downstairs)

* Sponsored by the Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Series Fund and the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics & Statistics, PSU. This event is free and open to the public.