Student voices

implications for teaching mathematics

Leigh N. Wood, Geoff Smith, Glyn Mather, Ansie Harding, Johann Engelbrecht, Samuel Houston, Gillian Perrett, Joel Hillel, Peter Petocz, Anna Reid

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution

    Abstract

    We report on an international study of students’ ideas about mathematics and how they view its relevance to their further studies and their careers. About 1200 students enrolled in mathematics subjects at five universities in different countries responded to three open-ended questions. The responses were coded using phenomenographic methods and grouped into a hierarchy of conceptions. We used a qualitative methodology in preference to a closed form survey in order to draw out the students’ ideas rather than imposing those of the researchers. We present the categorisations found and implications for learning and teaching.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on the Teaching of Mathematics at the Undergraduate Level
    EditorsDeborah Hughes-Hallet, I. Vakalis, H. Arikan
    Place of PublicationIstanbul
    PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
    Pages1-6
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)0471072709
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    EventInternational Conference on the Teaching of Mathematics at the Undergraduate Level (3rd : 2006) - Istanbul
    Duration: 30 Jun 20065 Jul 2006

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference on the Teaching of Mathematics at the Undergraduate Level (3rd : 2006)
    CityIstanbul
    Period30/06/065/07/06

    Keywords

    • university
    • mathematics
    • international

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