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dr. T.S. Craig (Tracy)

Lecturer

About Me

I am a lecturer in the department of Applied Mathematics in the chair of Applied Analysis. My teaching focus is on first-year courses, typically calculus and linear algebra. My research interests are in the field of mathematics education and engineering education. 

I taught and carried out research at the University of Cape Town 1998-2017 (mostly in the engineering academic development programme ASPECT) and joined the University of Twente in 2018.

Expertise

Social Sciences
Chat
Grading
Internet Community
Mathematics
Teaching
Mathematics
Learning Theory
Online Communities
Vector Calculus

Research

My research is in the fields of mathematics education, engineering education and academic development. Topics I have studied over the years include problem solving, writing as a tool for reflection in problem solving, language and communication in mathematics, identity, extended programmes, and the capability approach. These days my interests are in vectors and the struggles students experience in working with them and understanding them, as well as the Twente Educational Model and how it pertains to mathematics and the engineering programmes with which I am involved.

Publications

Recent
Campbell, A. L. , Craig, T. S., Mofolo-Mbokane, B., & Padayachee, P. (2022). The unexpected consequences of replacing corridor chats with an online community of practice. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 53(3), 745-751. https://doi.org/10.1080/0020739X.2021.1985179
Craig, T. S. , & Akkaya, T. (2022). Forced to improve: open book and open internet assessment in vector calculus. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 53(3), 639-646. https://doi.org/10.1080/0020739X.2021.1977403
Craig, T. S. (2021). Open book vector calculus assessment: suggested design principles. In H-U. Heiß, H-M. Järvinen, A. Mayer, & A. Schulz (Eds.), Proceedings SEFI 49th Annual Conference 2021: Blended Learning in Engineering Education: challenging, enlightening – and lasting? (pp. 1365-1369)
Meijer, H. G. E. , & Craig, T. S. (2020). An interdisciplinary eye on mathematics service teaching. In J. van der Veen, N. van Hattum-Janssen, H-M. Järvinen, T. de Laet, & I. ten Dam (Eds.), Engaging, Engineering, Education: Book of Abstracts, SEFI 48th Annual Conference University of Twente (online), 20-24 September, 2020 (pp. 995-1003). University of Twente.
Craig, T. S. (2020). Enhancing service mathematics teaching through strategic alignment. In J. van der Veen, N. van Hattum-Janssen, H-M. Järvinen, T. de Laet, & I. ten Dam (Eds.), Engaging, Engineering, Education: Book of Abstracts, SEFI 48th Annual Conference University of Twente (online), 20-24 September, 2020 (pp. 169-179). University of Twente.
Padayachee, P. , & Craig, T. S. (2020). Students' mental constructions of concepts in vector calculus: insights from two universities. In J. van der Veen, N. van Hattum-Janssen, H-M. Järvinen, T. de Laet, & I. ten Dam (Eds.), Engaging, Engineering, Education: Book of Abstracts, SEFI 48th Annual Conference University of Twente (online), 20-24 September, 2020 (pp. 1022-1032). University of Twente.
Campbell, A. , Craig, T., & Collier-Reed, B. (2020). A framework for using learning theories to inform ‘growth mindset’ activities. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 51(1), 26-43. https://doi.org/10.1080/0020739X.2018.1562118
Craig, T. S. (2019). The Twente educational model in theory and practice: two modules as exemplars. In J. Pettigrew, L. Rylands, D. Shearman, & A. Yeung (Eds.), Swan Delta 2019 Proceedings: The 12th Delta Conference on the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics and statistics: reflections of change proceedings (pp. 19 - 28). Western Sydney University. https://doi.org/10.26183/5d5f53ed9c926
Other Contributions

Craig, T.S. (2017). Challenging assumptions of notational transparency: the case of vectors in engineering mathematics. International Journal of Mathematics Education in Science and Technology, 48(sup1), S50-S66.

Craig, T.S. (2017). Enabling capabilities in an Engineering extended curriculum programme. In R. Kapp & B. Bangeni (Eds.) Negotiating Learning and Identity in Higher Education: Access, Persistence and Retention (pp. 133-154). Bloomsbury Press

Craig, T.S. (2016). The role of expository writing in mathematical problem solving. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 20(1), 57-66.

Craig, T.S., Cloete, T.J. (2015). Simple rule, hidden meaning: the scalar product in engineering mathematics. Proceedings of the Tenth Southern Hemisphere Conference on the Teaching and Learning of Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (Elephant Delta), Port Elizabeth, 22-27 November 2015,18-42.

Morgan, C., Craig, T.S., Schütte, M. and Wagner, D. (2014). Language and communication in mathematics education: an overview of research in the field. ZDM: The International Journal on Mathematics Education 46(6), 843-853.

Craig, T.S. (2013). Conceptions of mathematics and student identity: implications for engineering education, International Journal of Mathematics Education in Science and Technology 44(7), 1020-1029.

Dunne, T., Long, C., Craig, T.S., Venter, E.J. (2012). Meeting the requirements of both classroom-based and systemic assessment: The potential of Rasch measurement theory. Pythagoras 33(3), Art.#19, 16 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/pythagorasv33i3.19 .

Craig, T.S. (2011) Categorisation and analysis of explanatory writing in mathematics, International Journal of Mathematics Education in Science and Technology42(7), 867-878

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Education

I teach calculus and linear algebra to first-year students in a variety of programmes, primarily Advanced Technology and Electrical Engineering.

I am also involved in the intercultural competence line in the Applied Mathematics Department.

The "courses" listed below are the modules including the calculus and linear algebra units I teach.

Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.
 

Courses Academic Year  2020/2021

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Zilverling (building no. 11), room 3009
Hallenweg 19
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Zilverling  3009
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands