Recent mathematics graduates are in an intermediate position between students and professionals. On the one hand, their experiences as mathematics students are still fresh in their minds: on the other, they have started to develop an appreciation of the role that mathematics plays in their working life. Here we investigate their views of the contribution that their mathematics education has made to their professional work through an analysis of a series of interviews. One notion that was expressed by each of the graduates was that studying mathematics has developed their ability to solve problems and think logically. However, their interpretation of these terms was quite varied. In this paper, we explore their experience of mathematics as problem solving and link this with their view of their professional role as mathematicians.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Australian Association for Research in Education : conference papers, abstracts and symposia|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
|Event||Annual conference for the Association for Research in Education - Parramatta|
Duration: 27 Nov 2005 → 1 Dec 2005