The teaching of linear programming in different disciplines and in different countries

Hosein, Anesa; Aczel, James and Clow, Doug (2006). The teaching of linear programming in different disciplines and in different countries. In: 3rd International Conference on the Teaching of Mathematics at Undergraduate Level, 30 Jun - 5 Jul 2006, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Abstract

This paper discusses an online survey of linear programming (LP) lecturers in four countries in various disciplines. The study uses Biglan’s [1, 2] classification of disciplines to show that courses in hard-pure and hard-applied subjects were more likely to teach theoretical aspects of linear programming whilst the hard-applied and soft-applied subjects looked more at the application. Further, the soft-applied disciplines were more likely to utilize software during the teaching of the topic. Also, US lecturers were more likely to teach theoretical aspects of LP whilst the UK lecturers were more likely to use common software such as spreadsheets rather than dedicated LP or maths software.

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