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Lower secondary students' views about mathematicians depicted as mathematics teachers


Hatisaru, V, Lower secondary students' views about mathematicians depicted as mathematics teachers, LUMAT, 7, (2) pp. 27-49. ISSN 2323-7112 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright (c) 2019 Vesife Hatisaru. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

DOI: doi:10.31129/LUMAT.7.2.355


The present study examined lower secondary studentsí images of mathematics, comprised of stated attitudes to and perceived needs for mathematics, and views about mathematicians and their work. A group of 1284 lower secondary students drew a picture of mathematician at work and described their drawings. The studentsí drawings fell into two distinct groups: drawings that depicted their view of what a mathematician at work would look like, and drawings that depicted a mathematician who was clearly a mathematics teacher. This article presents the data regarding the latter group. Trends that emerged from the drawings in this sample included that mathematics teachers were: predominantly female; had a positive image; incorporated lectures, explanations, and demonstrations; and used whiteboards and books as tools of the profession. The article concludes with possible implications for practice and research.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:gender, lower secondary students mathematics education, images of mathematics, views about mathematicians and mathematics teachers
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Secondary education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Hatisaru, V (Dr Vesife Hatisaru)
ID Code:135884
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-11-19
Last Modified:2020-05-12
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