id: 05788195
dt: j
an: 2010e.00137
au: Di Martino, Pietro; Mellone, Maria; Morselli, Francesca
ti: Attitudes towards mathematics and academic choices. (La visione della
matematica e la scelta universitaria.)
so: Insegn. Mat. Sci. Integr. 30B, No. 1, 43-78 (2007).
py: 2007
pu: Centro Ricerche Didattiche Ugo Morin, Paderno del Grappa, Treviso
la: IT
cc: C24 C25 A44 A45 B40
ut: attitudes; choices; upper secondary; grade 12; grade 13; questionary;
university studies; tertiary educationempirical investigations; Italy
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ab: Summary: In this paper we describe the results of the analysis of a
questionnaire, designed and exploited within a national project,
founded by MIUR: “Negative attitude towards mathematics: analysis of
an alarming phenomenon for the culture of the new millennium". The
questionnaire investigates the role that the presence of a Mathematics
course may have on the choice of the University degree. Hence, the
study deals with the problem (which is well known) of the decreasing
enrolment to University Degrees with scientific orientation: we notice
that those university degrees, in Italy, have at least one compulsory
Mathematics course. Furthermore, the questionnaire was conceived in
order to study the attitude towards mathematics and the view of
mathematics held by students that are going to choose their university
career (students attending the 12th and 13th grade). The cross analysis
of the answers to the items of the questionnaire gives some interesting
results on the link between view of mathematics and choice of the
University degree. The particular structure of the questionnaire (and
the fact that the study was carried out nationwide) gives important
theoretical results for the research on affect.
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