Becoming a mathematician: an international perspective

Leigh N. Wood, Peter Petocz, Anna Reid

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This book considers the views of participants in the process of becoming a mathematician, that is, the students and the graduates. This book investigates the people who carry out mathematics rather than the topics of mathematics. Learning is about change in a person, the development of an identity and ways of interacting with the world. It investigates more generally the development of mathematical scientists for a variety of workplaces, and includes the experiences of those who were not successful in the transition to the workplace as mathematicians. The research presented is based on interviews, observations and surveys of students and graduates as they are finding their identity as a mathematician. The book contains material from the research carried out in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Canada and Brunei as well as Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDordrecht, The Netherlands ; London
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages188
ISBN (Print)9789400729834
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameMathematics education library


  • Mathematics--Popular works
  • Mathematicians--Interviews
  • Mathematicians--Attitudes
  • Mathematics--Study and teaching (Higher)
  • Mathematicians--Employment


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