id: 06640128
dt: a
an: 2016f.00189
au: Wicks, Karen
ti: Changing attitudes: undergraduate perceptions of learning mathematic.
so: Pope, Sue (ed.), Proceedings of the British Society for Research into
Learning Mathematics (BSRLM). Proceedings of the British congress of
mathematics education, BCME-8, University of Nottingham, UK, April
14‒17, 2014. London: British Society for Research into Learning
Mathematics (BSRLM). 359-366 (2014).
py: 2014
pu: London: British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM)
la: EN
cc: C25 C29
ut: university teaching; preservice teacher education; educational research;
questioning; discussions; student attitudes; first-year students;
affective variables; perceptions; confidence; understanding; teacher
role
ci:
li: http://www.bsrlm.org.uk/BCME8/BCME8-46.pdf
ab: Summary: The purpose of my research is to explore first year undergraduate
perceptions in learning mathematics and their identification of
strategies to support them in this area. I work as a senior lecturer in
mathematics education on a BA Applied Education Studies course where
students consistently identify the mathematics education units as a
source of anxiety. Having established a potential link between
mathematics anxiety in teachers and trainee teachers, and the potential
that this anxiety could be passed on to children in classrooms, my aim
is to identify whether there may be strategies that could support
adults in learning mathematics. To explore this area, I tracked a
sample of first year undergraduate students through their initial
mathematics education unit, establishing their perceptions before and
after the teaching of this unit. Initial findings demonstrated that the
students had negative perceptions about learning mathematics (twice as
many negative as positive) and that this was reversed following the
completion of the first mathematics education unit. A range of factors
were identified as affecting how they felt about learning mathematics,
including the role of the teacher, personal perceptions regarding
learning mathematics and the role of discussion.
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