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Houston, Ken; Mather, Glyn; Wood, Leigh N.; Petocz, Peter; Reid, Anna; Harding, Ansie; Engelbrecht, Johann; Smith, Geoff H. – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2010
We have been investigating university student conceptions of mathematics over a number of years, with the goal of enhancing student learning and professional development. We developed an open-ended survey of three questions, on "What is mathematics" and two questions about the role of mathematics in the students' future. This…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, College Mathematics
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Wood, Leigh; Solomonides, Ian – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2008
There is not just one mathematics taught at university level, nor is there one group of students. Mathematics is taught differently depending on the discipline and the perceived background of the student. There is engineering mathematics for the students heading towards engineering degrees, life science mathematics for those heading towards…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Intellectual Disciplines, Education Work Relationship, Relevance (Education)