ERIC Number: EJ1110647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Mathematicians' and Math Educators' Views on "Doing Mathematics"
Brandt, Jim; Lunt, Jana; Meilstrup, Gretchen Rimmasch
PRIMUS, v26 n8 p753-769 2016
Educators often argue that mathematics should be taught so that the students in the course are actually "doing mathematics." Is there a consensus among mathematicians and mathematics educators as to the meaning of "doing mathematics?" In an effort to answer this question, we administered a survey to hundreds of university-level mathematics and mathematics education faculty members. Participants ranked the importance of various mathematical activities and also responded to several open-ended questions. Responses to the open-ended questions were analyzed qualitatively to identify patterns. In this paper, we discuss the patterns we observed in analyzing the survey data, with a particular focus on the similarities and differences between mathematicians and mathematics educators.
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Professional Personnel, Mathematics Teachers, College Faculty, Mathematics Activities, Teacher Surveys, Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Teacher Attitudes, Rating Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States