Matt Thomas

Matt Thomas
Cornell University | CU · Cornell Statistical Consulting Unit

Ph.D., Mathematics

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One goal of an undergraduate education in mathematics is to help students develop a productive disposition towards mathematics. A way of conceiving of this is as helping mathematical novices transition to more expert-like perceptions of mathematics. This conceptualization creates a need for a way to characterize students' perceptions of mathematics...
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Concept inventories have become increasingly common in STEM disciplines as a means of assessing student conceptual understanding on a given topic, and overall they have led to significant reform in the teaching and learning of content in their respective disciplines. In mathematics, the use of the Calculus Concept Inventory seems, anecdotally and b...
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In this paper, we make a case for computing as a mathematical disciplinary practice. We present results from interviews with research mathematicians in which they reflected on the use of computing in their professional work. We draw on their responses to present evidence that computing is an inherent part of doing mathematics and is a practice they...
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In American contra dance, dance composers create dances that conform to the musical structure of a standard fiddle tune from a discrete set of dance figures. While anecdotal evidence suggests traditional and modern dances feature different patterns of dance figures, we seek to systematically explore similarities and differences between dances compo...
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Introducing Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium into the high school or college classroom can be difficult because many students struggle with the mathematical formalism of the Hardy-Weinberg equations. Despite the potential difficulties, incorporating Hardy-Weinberg into the curriculum can provide students with the opportunity to investigate a scientific t...
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While ‘flipped’ classrooms have been heralded as a valuable tool for student learning, little is known about the process by which students learn from the out-of-class resources. This study investigates 12 undergraduate students’ sense-making activities while watching videos about topics in introductory statistics. Analysis of interview data indicat...
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Computer scientists have reported on “computational thinking,” which Aho (2012) defines as “the thought process involved in formulating problems so their solutions can be represented as computational steps and algorithms” (p. 832). We wanted to investigate such thinking in mathematics. To study this, we interviewed five mathematicians about the rol...

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