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Challenges and Strategies in Teaching Linear Algebra

  • Sepideh Stewart
  • Christine Andrews-Larson
  • Avi Berman
  • Michelle Zandieh
  • Provides an overview of current research on the nature of difficulties and students’ thought processes in the context of learning linear algebra

  • Discusses the use of technology in teaching and learning linear algebra

  • Offers practical advice on how to improve student engagement in linear algebra courses


Part of the ICME-13 Monographs book series (ICME13Mo)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Theoretical Perspectives Elaborated Through Tasks

  3. Analyses of Learners’ Approaches and Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. John Paul Cook, Dov Zazkis, Adam Estrup
      Pages 103-125
    3. Cathrine Kazunga, Sarah Bansilal
      Pages 127-145
    4. Lillias H.N. Mutambara, Sarah Bansilal
      Pages 147-173
  4. Dynamic Geometry Approaches

  5. Challenging Tasks with Pedagogy in Mind

About this book


This book originated from a Discussion Group (Teaching Linear Algebra) that was held at the 13th International Conference on Mathematics Education (ICME-13). The aim was to consider and highlight current efforts regarding research and instruction on teaching and learning linear algebra from around the world, and to spark new collaborations. As the outcome of the two-day discussion at ICME-13, this book focuses on the pedagogy of linear algebra with a particular emphasis on tasks that are productive for learning. 

The main themes addressed include: theoretical perspectives on the teaching and learning of linear algebra; empirical analyses related to learning particular content in linear algebra; the use of technology and dynamic geometry software; and pedagogical discussions of challenging linear algebra tasks. 

Drawing on the expertise of mathematics education researchers and research mathematicians with experience in teaching linear algebra, this book gathers work from nine countries: Austria, Germany, Israel, Ireland, Mexico, Slovenia, Turkey, the USA and Zimbabwe. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sepideh Stewart
    • 1
  • Christine Andrews-Larson
    • 2
  • Avi Berman
    • 3
  • Michelle Zandieh
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA
  2. 2.College of EducationFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsTechnion—Israel Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael
  4. 4.Arizona State UniversityMesaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Challenges and Strategies in Teaching Linear Algebra
  • Editors Sepideh Stewart
    Christine Andrews-Larson
    Avi Berman
    Michelle Zandieh
  • Series Title ICME-13 Monographs
  • Series Abbreviated Title ICME-13 Monographs
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-66810-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-88322-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-66811-6
  • Series ISSN 2520-8322
  • Series E-ISSN 2520-8330
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 382
  • Number of Illustrations 89 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Mathematics Education
    Teaching and Teacher Education
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