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Lower secondary students' views about mathematicians depicted as mathematics teachers


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Hatisaru, V 2019 , 'Lower secondary students' views about mathematicians depicted as mathematics teachers' , LUMAT, vol. 7, no. 2 , pp. 27-49 , doi: 10.31129/LUMAT.7.2.355.

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The present study examined lower secondary students’ images of mathematics, comprised of stated attitudes to and perceived needs for mathematics, and views about mathematicians and their work. A group of 1284 lower secondary students drew a picture of mathematician at work and described their drawings. The students’ drawings fell into two distinct groups: drawings that depicted their view of what a mathematician at work would look like, and drawings that depicted a mathematician who was clearly a mathematics teacher. This article presents the data regarding the latter group. Trends that emerged from the drawings in this sample included that mathematics teachers were: predominantly female; had a positive image; incorporated lectures, explanations, and demonstrations; and used whiteboards and books as tools of the profession. The article concludes with possible implications for practice and research.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hatisaru, V
Keywords: gender, lower secondary students mathematics education, images of mathematics, views about mathematicians and mathematics teachers
Journal or Publication Title: LUMAT
Publisher: University of Helsinki, Finland / LUMA Centre Finland
ISSN: 2323-7112
DOI / ID Number: 10.31129/LUMAT.7.2.355
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Copyright (c) 2019 Vesife Hatisaru.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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