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Exploring high-achieving students’ images of mathematicians. (English)
Int. J. Sci. Math. Educ. 14, No. 3, 527-548 (2016).
Summary: The aim of this study is to describe the images that a group of high-achieving Mexican students hold of mathematicians. For this investigation, we used a research method based on the Draw-A-Scientist Test (DAST) with a sample of 63 Mexican high school students. The group of students’ pictorial and written descriptions of mathematicians assisted us in characterising their predominant image of a mathematician. The image that emerged was that of a male person dressed in a casual or formal fashion, with a formal hairstyle and, in some cases, wearing glasses. Furthermore, he is a happy, intelligent person, who enjoys his work and is passionate about mathematics. We discuss some implications of the results and suggest future work.
Classification: C24 C64 C44
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