id: 06619337
dt: j
an: 2016e.00140
au: Code, Warren; Merchant, Sandra; Maciejewski, Wes; Thomas, Matthew; Lo,
Joseph
ti: The mathematics attitudes and perceptions survey: an instrument to assess
expert-like views and dispositions among undergraduate mathematics
students.
so: Int. J. Math. Educ. Sci. Technol. 47, No. 6, 917-937 (2016).
py: 2016
pu: Taylor \& Francis, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
la: EN
cc: C25
ut: undergraduate mathematics education; attitudes towards mathematics;
perception of mathematics
ci:
li: doi:10.1080/0020739X.2015.1133854
ab: Summary: 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 studentsâ€™ perceptions of
mathematics in authentic educational settings. This article presents a
survey, the Mathematics Attitudes and Perceptions Survey (MAPS),
designed to address this need. We present the development of the MAPS
instrument and its validation on a large ($N = 3411$) set of student
data. Results from various MAPS implementations corroborate results
from analogous instruments in other STEM disciplines. We present these
results and highlight some in particular: MAPS scores correlate with
course grades; students tend to move away from expert-like orientations
over a semester or year of taking a mathematics course; and
interactive-engagement type lectures have less of a negative impact,
but no positive impact, on studentsâ€™ overall orientations than
traditional lecturing. We include the MAPS instrument in this article
and suggest ways in which it may deepen our understanding of
undergraduate mathematics education.
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