Human ecology
Mathematics education
Psychology of learning mathematics Notes
Notes - 29/3/00

Possible statements

Views of mathematics questionaire (Ernest, 2000, p.98)

  1. Maths consists of a set of fixed, everlasting truths.
  2. There are many ways of solving any problem in maths.
  3. There is always a rule to follow in solving maths problems.
  4. Some maths problems have many answers, some have none.
  5. Learning maths is mainly remembering facts and rules.
  6. Maths is basically doing sums.
  7. Puzzles and investigations are not proper maths.
  8. Maths is always changing and growing.
  9. The procedures and methods in maths guarantee right answers.
  10. There is only one correct way of solving any maths problem.
  11. A person should not mind risking a mistake when trying to solve a maths problem.
  12. Maths is always exact and certain.
  13. Knowing how to solve a problem is even more important than getting the right answer in maths.
  14. Exploring number patterns is not real maths.
A Dualist / non-Dualist (relativist) investigation.

Dualist 1,3,5,6,7,9,10,12,14 SA=1 SD=5
non-Dualist 2,4,8,11,13 SD=1 SA=5

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