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Journals and Portfolios: Tools in Learning Mathematics?


Friday January 7, 2011, 3:20 PM - 4:15 PM


Sarah Mabrouk, Framingham State University, Organizer


Journals and portfolios are used in courses from college algebra to the calculus sequence and upper division courses as well as capstone courses and senior seminars. In order for these to be effective tools in learning mathematics, journals should allow for reflection on, response to, and synthesis of course material and portfolios should provide insight into the student’s thinking, understanding, and problem solving and/or proof skills, demonstrating her/his progress in the study of mathematics. This session invites presentations discussing the effective use of journals/portfolios as tools in reflection on learning mathematics concepts and methods as well as their use in the development and improvement of problem solving and/or proof-writing skills. Of particular interest are the use of journals and portfolios in courses for mathematics majors and pre-service teachers as well as in courses in which proof skills are developed and expanded such as geometry, number theory, abstract algebra, real and/or complex analysis, and capstone courses and seminars. Presentations should address prompts used for journaling, the outline for materials and commentary to be included in portfolios, the assessment of journals/portfolios, and the effectiveness of the use of journals/portfolios in learning mathematics, which should be demonstrated by more than anecdotal means.



3:20 PM – 3:35 PM

Learning Logs in College Algebra: A Window to Student Perceptions of Learning Progress and Student Engagement


Carrie A Campbell, University of Nebraska - Lincoln




3:40 PM – 3:55 PM

Using Journals and Portfolios in a Modern Geometry Course


G. Maria Fung, Worcester State University




4:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Proof Writing and Portfolios in a Bridge Course


Penelope Dunham, Muhlenberg College





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