This paper describes a course, The Mathematics of Information Science, which was taught at Towson University in Spring 1998, 1999, and 2000. This course is the junior level interdisciplinary course of the Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation program. The effectiveness of the course in teaching problem solving techniques and abstract mathematical ideas is documented. The students constructed their own knowledge from laboratory experiences involving digital logic circuits. They were subsequently challenged to abstract this knowledge and to find ways to solve progressively more difficult problems using these digital logic circuits. The mathematics of encoding and decoding information constituted the major mathematical content of the course. This course is shown to be effective in introducing prospective elementary and middle school teachers to abstract mathematical ideas and problem solving techniques.
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Zimmerman, J. and Smith, J. W.
"The Mathematics of Information Science,"
Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations: Vol. 4:
1, Article 16.
Available at: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jmsce_vamsc/vol4/iss1/16