ERIC Number: ED437283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
University Pedagogy--How Social Scientists Make Mathematical Meanings: "Before I Went into the Exam My Friend Said Do the Brackets First..."
This paper presents some findings of a small study of a group of social science degree students and the ways in which they dealt with the need to demonstrate, during an examination, some basic mathematical and statistical skills. The theoretical context of the study is in the branch of mathematics education known as "situated cognition". It is concluded that conventional examinations are an inadequate motivator for mature students, for those with low confidence, and for students learning very basic mathematics. (ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: ALM-4 International Conference of Adults Learning Maths--A Research Forum (Limerick, Ireland, July 4-6, 1997) p123-128.