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Explorations of Finnish mathematics students' beliefs about the nature of mathematics
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching. University of Eastern Finland. (Matematik och lärande)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7494-4632
University of Eastern Finland.
University of Eastern Finland.
University of Eastern Finland.
2017 (English)In: Far East Journal of Mathematical Education, ISSN 0973-5631, Vol. 17, no 3, p. 105-120Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

According to certain surveys made in Germany, mathematics can be seen either as a stagnant structure (formalism-related orientation), a collection of rules, formulas and methods (scheme-related orientation), an active and creative construction process (process-related orientation), or as a method of describing the real world (application- related orientation). We examine how a twenty-item test of students’ orientations for students’ beliefs on the nature of mathematics, which was developed in the German context, translates to the Finnish culture remaining validity. Altogether 310 first-year students from three Finnish universities took part in the study. We apply confirmatory factor analysis to reveal that a slightly modified version the translated questionnaire is applicable also in the Finnish context. Using data collected with the translated questionnaire, we construct a binary regression models to predict students’ choosing between a technical and an ordinary university, and how probability that a student chooses teacher’s study programme slightly decreases if the static view grows stronger in his/her view of mathematics. Further, we see that all four orientations exist almost equally strong in the Finnish students’ beliefs.

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Pushpa Publishing House , 2017. Vol. 17, no 3, p. 105-120
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Mathematics Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-67549DOI: 10.17654/ME017030105OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-67549DiVA: diva2:1180948
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Validerad;2018;Nivå 1;2018-02-07 (andbra)

Available from: 2018-02-07 Created: 2018-02-07 Last updated: 2018-02-14Bibliographically approved

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