ERIC Number: ED389562
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct-24
Reference Count: N/A
Students' Beliefs about Doing Mathematics.
Wilson, Linda Marie Dager
What is the response of students to the reform efforts in mathematics education? A survey taken in September 1994 of 59 eighth grade mathematics students showed that their conceptions of what it means to do mathematics were predominantly traditional in nature. The survey was repeated in the spring, when these students had experienced 9 months of a reform-oriented class. The spring survey showed that students were in many respects more open in their acceptance of alternative activities. The majority of students, however, still felt strongly that "listening to the teacher explain" should be included in a conception of school mathematics. There were also strong negative opinions among a majority of students about writing journals in a mathematics class. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences Education, Madison, WI.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reform Efforts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (17th, Columbus, OH, October 21-24, 1995). For entire conference proceedings, see SE 057 177.