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Children’s conceptions about mathematics and mathematics education
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
2010 (English)In: Current state of research on mathematical beliefs XVI: proceedings of the MAVI-16 Conference June 26-29, 2010, Tallinn, Estonia / [ed] Kirsti Kislenko, 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper deals with younger students’ (grade 2 and 5) conceptions about mathematics and mathematics education. The questionnaire consisted of three parts: (1) statements with a Likert-scale; (2) open-end questions where the students could explain further their conceptions; and, (3) a request to draw a picture of yourself doing mathematics. The results from the statements were summarised and the pictures were analysed. Most students in grade 2 had a positive attitude towards mathematics whereas a larger proportion in grade 5 gave negative answers. All students presented mathematics as an individual activity with a focus on the textbook. The elder students narrow the activity down to calculating. A post-questionnaire confirmed the results.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-147365OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-147365DiVA: diva2:400280
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