id: 05704904
dt: j
an: 2010c.00111
au: Petocz, Peter; Reid, Anna; Wood, Leigh N.; Smith, Geoff H.; Mather, Glyn;
Harding, Ansie; Engelbrecht, Johann; Houston, Ken; Hillel, Joel;
Perrett, Gillian
ti: Undergraduate students’ conceptions of mathematics: an international
study.
so: Int. J. Sci. Math. Educ. 5, No. 3, 439-459 (2007).
py: 2007
pu: Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
la: EN
cc: C25 C35 A45 B40
ut: conceptions of mathematics; mathematics in careers; mathematics in tertiary
study; research; empirical investigations
ci: ME 2005d.01405
li: doi:10.1007/s10763-006-9059-2
ab: Summary: In this paper, we report on an international study of
undergraduate mathematics students’ conceptions of mathematics.
Almost 1,200 students in five countries completed a short survey
including three open-ended questions asking about their views of
mathematics and its role in their future studies and planned
professions. Responses were analysed starting from a
previously-developed phenomenographic framework (Reid et al.:
Mathematics students’ conceptions of mathematics, New Zealand Journal
of Mathematics, 32 (Supplement), 2003, [ME 2005d.01405]) which required
only minor modification. Students’ conceptions of mathematics ranged
from the narrowest view as a focus on calculations with numbers,
through a notion of mathematics as a focus on models or abstract
structures, to the broadest view of mathematics as an approach to life
and a way of thinking. Broader conceptions of mathematics were more
likely to be found in later-year students ($p<0.001$) and there were
significant differences between universities ($p<0.001$). The
information obtained from the study not only confirms previous
research, but also provides a basis for future development of a
monitoring questionnaire.
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