The Contribution of mathematics to graduates' professional working life

Peter Petocz, Anna Reid

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-11
    Number of pages11
    JournalAustralian Association for Research in Education : conference papers, abstracts and symposia
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    EventAnnual conference for the Association for Research in Education - Parramatta
    Duration: 27 Nov 20051 Dec 2005

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