id: 06474297
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an: 2015e.00260
au: Szydlik, Stephen D.
ti: Liberal arts mathematics students’ beliefs about the nature of
mathematics: a case study in survey research.
so: Dewar, Jacqueline M. (ed.) et al., Doing the scholarship of teaching and
learning in mathematics. Washington, DC: The Mathematical Association
of America (MAA) (ISBN 978-0-88385-193-7/pbk; 978-1-61444-318-6/ebook).
MAA Notes 83, 145-156 (2015).
py: 2015
pu: Washington, DC: The Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
la: EN
cc: D20 C25
ut: scholarship of teaching and learning; universities; educational research;
beliefs; student attitudes; evaluation; didactics of mathematics;
educational diagnosis; analysis of learning outcomes; teaching-learning
processes; academic approach; professional development; peer review
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ab: Summary: The author’s experience teaching a problem-based inquiry seminar
for over 10 years led him to question his perceptions about student
learning. He lacked empirical evidence about student gains and he
couldn’t define what he meant by success in his course. This
realization led him to a SoTL investigation that required work and
reflection in order to frame a researchable question. Particularly
worth noting is his description of how he came to define success in the
course based on his desired outcomes. His realization that success
meant student progress in the higher order activities inherent in doing
mathematics led to a study of mathematical beliefs. His discussion of
designing survey items about them, and checking for validity and
reliability, is another highlight of the chapter. He also provides
details of applying to his Institutional Review Board and a detailed
discussion of options for publishing his work.
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