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ERIC Number: EJ924390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1571-0068
Undergraduate Students' Conceptions of Mathematics: An International Study
Petocz, Peter; Reid, Anna; Wood, Leigh N.; Smith, Geoff H.; Mather, Glyn; Harding, Ansie; Engelbrecht, Johann; Houston, Ken; Hillel, Joel; Perrett, Gillian
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v5 n3 p439-459 Sep 2007
In this paper, we report on an international study of undergraduate mathematics students; conceptions of mathematics. Almost 1,200 students in five countries completed a short survey including three open-ended questions asking about their views of mathematics and its role in their future studies and planned professions. Responses were analysed starting from a previously-developed phenomenographic framework (Reid et al., "2003") which required only minor modification. Students' conceptions of mathematics ranged from the narrowest view as a focus on calculations with numbers, through a notion of mathematics as a focus on models or abstract structures, to the broadest view of mathematics as an approach to life and a way of thinking. Broader conceptions of mathematics were more likely to be found in later-year students (p less than 0.001) and there were significant differences between universities (p less than 0.001). The information obtained from the study not only confirms previous research, but also provides a basis for future development of a monitoring questionnaire.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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