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Arican, Muhammet – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
This study investigated preservice middle school mathematics teachers' (PSTs) understanding of proportional and nonproportional relationships and their abilities to differentiate these relationships from each other. The PSTs' abilities to interpret and represent proportional and nonproportional situations and solution strategies were also…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Multiplication, Mathematics Education, Preservice Teachers
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Ehrenfeld, Nadav; Heyd-Metzuyanim, Einat – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
This paper examines the mechanisms by which students' cultural background plays an active role in the study of mathematics. It does so with the aid of two main constructs: hybrid discourse and intellective identities. At the center of the article is an analysis of a classroom episode from a preparatory program in which adult ultra-orthodox Jews…
Descriptors: Cultural Background, Mathematics Education, Jews, Adult Students
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Dogan, Hamide – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2012
Students' concerns about mathematics can significantly affect their ability to learn the subject. In particular, their anxieties and attitudes can greatly affect how they perceive their own mathematical competence, and in return, this may make them reluctant to pursue mathematical studies. Many researchers believe in the role of active learning…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Active Learning, Investigations, Interpersonal Competence
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Watson, Anne; De Geest, Els – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2012
We report on the work of 3 schools which set out to make a difference for their previously low-attaining students. Through naturalistic enquiry over 3 years, we built a picture of their practices. Against a national trend, students reported positive attitudes to mathematics and, in 2 out of 3 schools, showed improvement in attainment, so we probe…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Low Achievement, Academic Achievement, Student Attitudes
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Wood, Leigh N.; Mather, Glyn; Petocz, Peter; Reid, Anna; Engelbrecht, Johann; Harding, Ansie; Houston, Ken; Smith, Geoff H.; Perrett, Gillian – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2012
We report on an international study about mathematics students' ideas of how they will use mathematics in their future study and careers. This builds on our previous research into students' conceptions of mathematics. In this paper, we use data from two groups of students studying mathematics: those who participated in an in-depth interview and…
Descriptors: Futures (of Society), Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Education
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Afari, Ernest; Aldridge, Jill M.; Fraser, Barry J. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2012
The primary focus of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of games when used in tertiary-level mathematics classes in the United Arab Emirates. Our study incorporated a mixed-method approach that involved surveys (to assess students' perceptions of the learning environment and attitudes towards mathematics), interviews, observations of…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Program Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Champion, Joe; Parker, Frieda; Mendoza-Spencer, Bernadette; Wheeler, Ann – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2011
The purpose of this study was to identify the degree to which college algebra students' value mathematical skills in their prospective careers. A survey was administered to N = 144 students in 6 college algebra classes at a mid-sized doctoral granting university. Students in half the classes completed a data analysis project, and half of the…
Descriptors: Careers, Student Attitudes, Data Analysis, Algebra
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Ruthven, Kenneth – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2011
Taking lower-secondary schooling within the English educational system as an example, this paper illustrates the contribution of two bodies of international scholarship to the scoping of research-based pedagogical development aimed at improving student attitude and achievement in science and mathematics. After sketching the English context of…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Mathematics Achievement, Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness
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Kaur, Berinderjeet – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2011
This paper explores the nature and source of mathematics homework and teachers' and students' perspectives about the role of mathematics homework. The subjects of the study are three grade 8 mathematics teachers and 115 of their students. Data from field notes, teacher interviews and student questionnaire are analysed using qualitative methods.…
Descriptors: Homework, Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, Grade 8
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Petocz, Peter; Reid, Anna; Wood, Leigh N.; Smith, Geoff H.; Mather, Glyn; Harding, Ansie; Engelbrecht, Johann; Houston, Ken; Hillel, Joel; Perrett, Gillian – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2007
In this paper, we report on an international study of undergraduate mathematics students; conceptions of mathematics. Almost 1,200 students in five countries completed a short survey including three open-ended questions asking about their views of mathematics and its role in their future studies and planned professions. Responses were analysed…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Mathematics Education, Student Attitudes, College Mathematics
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Liljedahl, Peter – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2007
Students' mathematical problem-solving experiences are fraught with failed attempts, wrong turns, and partial successes that move in fits and jerks, oscillating between periods of inactivity, stalled progress, rapid advancement, and epiphanies. Students' problem-solving journals, however, do not always reflect this rather organic process. Without…
Descriptors: Journal Writing, Legislators, Problem Solving, Mathematics Education
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Meaney, Tamsin – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2007
Mathematical literacy, viewed as a set of ideas involving applications of mathematics to real-world contexts, has recently featured in curricular discussions about the aims for mathematics education. This article explores the effect that differences in the way that a mathematical task is contextualised can have on students' mathematical arguments…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Student Attitudes, Numeracy, Task Analysis
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Levenson, Esther; Tirosh, Dina; Tsamir, Pessia – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2006
This paper is an initial investigation of teachers' and students' preferences for mathematically-based (MB) and practically-based (PB) explanations and the relationship between those preferences and sociomathematical norms. The study focuses on one fifth grade teacher and two of her students and discusses three issues. The first issue concerns…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Norms, Grade 5, Mathematics Education
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Leu, Yuh-Chyn – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2005
The purpose of this case study was to investigate the values demonstrated by an elementary school teacher in her mathematics teaching and what values her students perceived. This research adopted the valuing theory (Raths, Harmin & Simon, 1987) and used classroom observations and interviews to document the teacher's mathematics pedagogical values…
Descriptors: Expertise, Curriculum Development, Mathematics Education, Student Evaluation
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Patterson, Nikita D.; Norwood, Karen S. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2004
The mathematics education community, in its call for reform, underscores the importance of mathematics instruction emphasizing the use of multiple representations in the presentation of concepts. The focus of the study was how teacher beliefs affect their ability to implement a multiple representations curriculum. The novice instructor's attitude…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Technology Uses in Education, Case Studies