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Siswono, Tatag Yuli Eko – Indonesian Mathematical Society Journal on Mathematics Education, 2010

Many researchers assume that people are creative, but their degree of creativity is different. The notion of creative thinking level has been discussed .by experts. The perspective of mathematics creative thinking refers to a combination of logical and divergent thinking which is based on intuition but has a conscious aim. The divergent thinking…

Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Problem Solving, Mathematics, Qualitative Research

Kartal, Ozgul; Dunya, Beyza Aksu; Diefes-Dux, Heidi A.; Zawojewski, Judith S. – International Journal of Research in Education and Science, 2016

Critical to many science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career paths is mathematical modeling--specifically, the creation and adaptation of mathematical models to solve problems in complex settings. Conventional standardized measures of mathematics achievement are not structured to directly assess this type of mathematical…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, STEM Education, Standardized Tests, Mathematics Achievement

Bergsten, Christer; Engelbrecht, Johann; Kågesten, Owe – EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 2017

One challenge for an optimal design of the mathematical components in engineering education curricula is to understand how the procedural and conceptual dimensions of mathematical work can be matched with different demands and contexts from the education and practice of engineers. The focus in this paper is on how engineering students respond to…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Engineering Education, Comparative Analysis, College Mathematics

Ransome, Myrna; Mohamed, Musa El Sharief; Bridgemohan, Puran – World Journal of Education, 2016

The colonial fallacy that only a few persons are endowed with the capabilities to conceptualize mathematics, coupled with the belief that society equates mathematical ability with intellectual superiority, have contributed to low levels of mathematical self-concept and achievement among some students of mathematics. Some of these students are…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Beliefs

Lin, Tony; Erfan, Sasan – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2016

Mathematical modeling is an open-ended research subject where no definite answers exist for any problem. Math modeling enables thinking outside the box to connect different fields of studies together including statistics, algebra, calculus, matrices, programming and scientific writing. As an integral part of society, it is the foundation for many…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Mathematics, High School Students, Secondary School Mathematics

Muhtadi, Dedi; Sukirwan; Warsito; Prahmana, Rully Charitas Indra – Journal on Mathematics Education, 2017

Mathematics is a form of culture integrated in all aspects of society, wherever there are, including the sundanese ethnic communities. This enables the mathematical concepts embedded in cultural practices and recognizes that all people develop a special way of doing mathematics called ethnomathematics activities. Sundanese ethnomathematics is…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts

Niss, Mogens; Bruder, Regina; Planas, Núria; Turner, Ross; Villa-Ochoa, Jhony Alexander – ZDM: The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 2016

This paper presents the outcomes of the work of the ICME 13 Survey Team on "Conceptualisation and the role of competencies, knowing and knowledge in mathematics education research". It surveys a variety of historical and contemporary views and conceptualisations of what it means to master mathematics, focusing on notions such as…

Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Mathematical Aptitude, Surveys, Mathematics Education

DeLay, Dawn; Laursen, Brett; Kiuru, Noona; Poikkeus, Anna-Maija; Aunola, Kaisa – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2016

This study investigated friend influence over mathematics achievement in 202 same-sex friendship dyads (106 girl dyads). Participants were in the third grade (around age 9) at the outset. Each friend completed a questionnaire describing interest in mathematics and a standardized mathematical reasoning assessment. Peer nominations provided a…

Descriptors: Friendship, Peer Influence, Peer Acceptance, Logical Thinking

Wasserman, Nicholas H. – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2015

The work that mathematics teachers do is frequently mathematical in nature and different from other professions. Understanding and describing common ways that teachers draw upon their content knowledge in the practice of teaching is important. Building on the descriptions by McCrory et al. ("Journal for Research in Mathematics Education"…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Difficulty Level, Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Latterell, Carmen M.; Wilson, Janelle L. – International Journal of Research in Education and Science, 2016

This paper analyzes 16 preservice secondary mathematics education majors' mathematical autobiographies. Participants wrote about their previous experiences with mathematics. All participants discussed why they wanted to become mathematics teachers with the key factors being past experience with mathematics teachers, previous success in mathematics…

Descriptors: Autobiographies, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education

Radovic, Darinka; Black, Laura; Salas, Christian E.; Williams, Julian – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2017

The construction of positive mathematical identities (MIs) is a complex and central issue in school mathematics, where girls are usually "counted out" of the field. This study explores positive MIs (high achiever and positive relationship with mathematics) of 3 girls. We employed a nested model of identity based on a case study approach…

Descriptors: Females, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics, Foreign Countries

Duchhardt, Christoph; Jordan, Anne-Katrin; Ehmke, Timo – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017

The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) has recently drawn additional attention to "mathematical literacy" as an important influential factor for individuals' life chances. High levels of mathematical literacy have thereby been linked to using mathematics in daily and working life frequently. In this…

Descriptors: Adults, Mathematics, Mathematics Skills, Numeracy

Engelbrecht, Johann; Bergsten, Christer; Kågesten, Owe – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2017

The research interest underpinning this paper concerns the type of mathematical knowledge engineering students may acquire during their specialised education in terms of the conceptual and procedural dimensions of doing and using mathematics. This study draws on interviews with 25 qualified engineers from South Africa and Sweden regarding their…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Engineering Education, Professional Personnel, Foreign Countries

Björklund, Camilla; Barendregt, Wolmet – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2016

Revised guidelines for Swedish early childhood education that emphasize mathematics content and competencies in more detail than before raise the question of the status of pedagogical mathematical awareness among Swedish early childhood teachers. The purpose of this study is to give an overview of teachers' current pedagogical mathematical…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Teachers, Preschool Teachers

Davis, C. E.; Osler, James E. – Journal on School Educational Technology, 2013

This paper details the outcomes of a qualitative in-depth investigation into teacher education mathematics preparation. This research is grounded in the notion that mathematics teacher education students (as "degree seeking candidates") need to develop strong foundations of mathematical practice as defined by the Common Core State…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Preservice Teachers, State Standards