Psychology of learning mathematics
PLM - Notes - 4/1/00
Assignment 5000-6000 words
- well focused title
- review of key concept
- account of investigation + methodology
- concise conclusion, relate findings to aims and literature
- references (italic/bold)
- essential additional material
Investigate mathematics ability/attitudes/beliefs of biology students.
Justification - the informative dialogue between biology and mathematics
that has recently grown up.
What is viewed as mathematics? (Ernest, 2000,
p.100 - paraphrase "Maths is what you do in a maths class"? Other maths may
not be recognised as such.)
Further reading - Kouba & McDonald 1987, 1991 -
Possible correlation between +ve attitude and convergent thinking?
Is the convergent / divergent distinction similar to the dualist /
non-dualist distinction in Ernest (2000,
- Attitudes to mathematics - (Ernest,
2000, p.89) - (McLeod, 1992, 1994)
- Convergent / divergent thinking - (Orton,
1992, pp.110-113) -
- Attainment in Mathematics examinations
Contact biology dept.
Do they run mathematics lectures for their students.
Test group - Undergrads. or postgrads?
Size of group - qualitative vs. quantitative test & statistical significance
Attitude test - minimal?
Convergent / divergent - examples in mathematics?
Attainment in exams - background questionaire?
Dualist / non-dualist test in Carré & Ernest
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