Comparing undergraduates’ conceptions of mathematics with their attitudes and approaches to developing numeracy skills

Durrani, Naureen and Tariq, Vicki N (2010) Comparing undergraduates’ conceptions of mathematics with their attitudes and approaches to developing numeracy skills. In: CETL-MSOR Conference 2009, 7th – 8th September, Open University, Milton Keynes.

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Abstract

This paper explores how undergraduates’ conceptions of mathematics, approaches to learning and their
attitudes towards numeracy skills are related. The preliminary dataset was obtained using an online survey
completed by 174 self-selecting, volunteer undergraduates from four faculties at a post-1992 UK university.
Although the responding undergraduates were studying a variety of academic disciplines, all their degree
programmes incorporated some mathematical, numerical and/or statistical elements. A positive association
was observed between cohesive conceptions of mathematics and deep approaches to the learning of
mathematics and the development of numeracy skills. Students possessing cohesive conceptions also held
more positive attitudes towards mathematics. Variations due to gender, age, academic discipline (i.e. faculty
in which students

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published by: The Maths, Stats & OR Network Place of Publication: Birmingham
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC0980 Types of education > LC1031 Competency based education
Depositing User: Cecilia Kimani
Date Deposited: 08 May 2012 13:06
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 17:13
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/39261
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