CT + University Math

Study on the nature of CT in university math education

Chantal Buteau, Brock University


  • Eric Muller, Brock University
  • Laura Broley, Concordia University

Brock Department of Mathematics and Statistics




  • Framed a (university) student’s engagement in CT practices as proposed by Weintrop et al. (2016) as a legitimate peripheral participation, i.e., whereby students are invited to become mathematicians through engaging in their shared practices.
  • Exemplified each of the four types of CT practices (Weintrop et al., 2016) with concrete university student tasks and Canadian research mathematicians work.
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  • Broley, L., Buteau, C., & Muller, E. (2017). (Legitimate peripheral) computational thinking in mathematics. Proceedings of the Congress of European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME), Dublin (Ireland), February 2017.
  • Broley, L., Buteau, C., & Muller, E. (2017). Legitimate peripheral computational thinking in mathematics. Poster presentation at the Math Gallery, Canadian Mathematics Education Study Group 2017, McGill University (Canada), June 2017.
  • Buteau, C. (2017). L’expérience de l’étudiant dans la classe universitaire à faire des mathématiques différemment par la programmation informatique. Invited seminar talk at Université du Québec À Montréal (UQÀM), Montreal (Canada), 10 April 2017.
  • Online Video introducing undergraduate programming-based mathematics courses
  • Buteau, C. & Muller, E. (2017). Coding + Math at University: Just like Mathematicians do it! In Math+Code’Zine, 2 (3), May 2017. http://researchideas.ca/mc/just-like-mathematicians-do-it/
  • Buteau, C., & Muller, E., & Broley, L. (2017). Computational Thinking: In our Undergraduate Mathematics programs? Canadian Mathematical Society Notes, 49 (6), pp. 10-12.