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“Creature” teachers “monster” mathematicians: students’ views about mathematicians and their stated attitudes to mathematics

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Hatisaru, V and Murphy, C, 'Creature' teachers 'monster' mathematicians: students' views about mathematicians and their stated attitudes to mathematics, International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology, 7, (3) pp. 215-221. ISSN 2147-611X (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Abstract

The present study aimed to examine lower secondary students‟ images of mathematics comprised of stated attitudes to and perceived needs for mathematics, and their views about mathematicians and their work. A group of 1284 lower secondary students drew a picture of mathematicians and described their drawings. The students‟ drawings fell into two distinct groups: drawings where students depicted a mathematician at work, and drawings where students depicted a mathematician as a mathematics teacher. In both cases students drew both negative ("creature" or "monster") depictions and positive ("smiley") depictions. This article presents the data on "creature" teachers or "monster" mathematicians in relation to the students‟ stated attitudes to mathematics. Trends that emerged for this sample suggested that more students who represented creature teachers disliked mathematics or had mixed feelings related to the need to learn mathematics.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:image of mathematics, views about mathematicians, stated attitudes about mathematics
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and Pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and Learning
Objective Field:Learner Development
UTAS Author:Hatisaru, V (Dr Vesife Hatisaru)
UTAS Author:Murphy, C (Dr Carol Murphy)
ID Code:134186
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-08-01
Last Modified:2020-05-15
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