Lectures in Advanced Mathematics: Why Students Might Not Understand What the Mathematics Professor Is Trying to Convey
The authors describe a case study in which they investigate the effectiveness of a lecture in advanced mathematics. They videorecorded a lecture delivered by an experienced professor who had a reputation for being an outstanding instructor. Using video recall, they interviewed the professor to determine the ideas that he intended to convey and how he tried to convey these ideas in this lecture. They also interviewed 6 students to see what they understood from this lecture. The students did not comprehend the ideas that the professor cited as central to his lecture. Based on their analyses, they propose 2 factors to account for why students did not understand these ideas.
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