Psychology of learning mathematics
Notes - 29/3/00
- Biology is mathematics
- Relevance must be proved with statistics (paraphrased)
- Geography is useful to ecology
- Chemistry is vital
- Maths is a great help to biologists
- Surprising amount of statistics in biology (paraphrased)
- Maths is essential to biology.
- Research requires statistics. (paraphrased)
- Statistics particularly useful in ecology.
- Physics is an integral part of biomechanics and physiology.
- Sciences and maths overlap considerably and you're unlikely to
find one without the other.
- Most biologists would be ecstatic to find a research project
that does not involve maths.
- Different subjects complement the different disciplines of
- Chemistry is an obvious must for biochemistry, molecular
biology, physiology, etc.
- Physics is important for bio-mechanics
- Geography [is important] for understanding ecosystems
- History is not high on the biology agenda. (paraphrased)
- Latin is handy for classification and terminology. (paraphrased)
- A basic understanding of maths is necessary for any statistical
work - frequent in genetics.
- Science subjects are considerably inter-related.
- A broad understanding of science subjects will make a better
- Biology, like history, deals with the unique, maths deals with
- Biology, like history, overlaps with religion and morality.
- Evolutionary biology, like history, but unlike other sciences,
is unable to predict.
Views of mathematics questionaire (Ernest, 2000, p.98)
A Dualist / non-Dualist (relativist) investigation.
- Maths consists of a set of fixed, everlasting truths.
- There are many ways of solving any problem in maths.
- There is always a rule to follow in solving maths problems.
- Some maths problems have many answers, some have none.
- Learning maths is mainly remembering facts and rules.
- Maths is basically doing sums.
- Puzzles and investigations are not proper maths.
- Maths is always changing and growing.
- The procedures and methods in maths guarantee right answers.
- There is only one correct way of solving any maths problem.
- A person should not mind risking a mistake when trying to solve a maths problem.
- Maths is always exact and certain.
- Knowing how to solve a problem is even more important than getting the right answer in maths.
- Exploring number patterns is not real maths.
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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