Characterising the teaching of university mathematics: a case of linear algebra
conference contributionposted on 21.03.2013, 14:26 by Barbara Jaworski, Stephanie Thomas, Thomas Bartsch
This paper focuses on university mathematics teaching where the topic is linear algebra. The research team includes two mathematics educators and a mathematician who collaborate to study the teaching approach and the issues it raises for teaching-learning at university level. We see university mathematics to constitute a community of practice in which the practitioners are those who do mathematics. Such a perspective draws sociohistorically on established practices in doing, learning and teaching mathematics within a university. The paper offers an interpretation of these theoretical perspectives in relation to a first year course on Linear Algebra. We look at how teaching is constructed within the particular setting, with a critical eye on the learners, on learning outcomes and on the tensions experienced by the lecturer in satisfying student needs and mathematical values.
- Mathematics Education Centre