Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Fifth International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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Teaching with emerging technologies in a STEM university math class
Domenico Brunetto, Chiara Andrà, Giulia Bernardi

Last modified: 25-06-2019

Abstract


The aim of the research presented in this work is to investigate how innovative teaching formats, based on student-centred activities, may help first year university students to deal with the difficulties in the transition from the mathematics they are used to in high school, to the one they meet at university, which requires a significant shift to conceptual understanding, especially in Calculus courses. As part of this overarching goal, this presentation investigates the case of Taylor series, a topic that is taught in all calculus courses at university. This work shows the efficacy of a blended learning approach, highlighting the main difficulties concerning the deep understanding of functions by students. We discuss possible limitations, and we provide suggestions for best practices in university math classes.


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