Psychology of learning mathematics

Notes

Assignment 5000-6000 words

- well focused title
- introduction
- 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, pp.97-98)?

Possible tests:

- Attitudes to mathematics - (Ernest, 2000, p.89) - (McLeod, 1992, 1994)
- Convergent / divergent thinking - (Orton, 1992, pp.110-113) - (Hudson, 1966)
- Attainment in Mathematics examinations

Requirements:

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 (1993)

Links at this site...

- References and further reading.
- Convergence and Divergence
- PLM - Notes - 8/1/00

Links at other sites...

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