Novice mathematics students at the university: experiences, orientations and expectations
2012 (English)In: Skrifter från Svensk förening för matematikdidaktisk forskning, ISSN 1651-3274Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this paper, we report on an on-going study of novice university students in mathematics and the secondary-tertiary transition. A total of 146 novice mathematics students from three Swedish universities were given a questionnaire in the beginning of the semester. The aim was to characterize them as learners of mathematics. The results were summarized with descriptive statistics and Principal Component Analysis (PCA) was used to look for correlations. The results show that the teacher and the textbook play a crucial role in their learning of mathematics. Further more, the students can be characterized as either individual or interactive learners, which relates to students’ grades.
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Research subject didactics of mathematics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-55589OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-55589DiVA: diva2:527667
MADIF-8, the eight Swedish Mathematics Education Research Seminar, January 24-25 2012, Umeå