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Becoming a Mathematician

An international perspective

Wood, Leigh N, Petocz, Peter, Reid, Anna

2012, VIII, 188 p.

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  • Presents research carried out over a decade in five universities spread over five continents using qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Presents implications for curriculum design and the professional development of mathematics lecturers
  • Investigates learning from the perspective of the learners

Mathematicians are everywhere and nowhere: although they play key roles in industry and research, business and science, the people who use the ideas and tools of the mathematics are often invisible and difficult to identify. This leads to a lack of clarity for students who are studying the mathematical sciences in their transition to professional life. Becoming a Mathematician  considers the process of developing a mathematical identity and becoming a mathematician from the point of view of the participants in the process – students and recent graduates. It focuses on the people who do mathematics rather than on the topics of mathematics. It investigates the development of mathematical scientists for a variety of workplaces, and incorporates the experiences of those who were unsuccessful as well as those who were successful in the transition to the profession. The research presented is based on interviews, observations and surveys of students and graduates as they develop their identity as mathematicians, carried out over a decade in Australia and a diverse range of countries.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Learning mathematics - Mathematicians - Mathematics education - Professional development

Related subjects » Learning & Instruction - Mathematics Education - Professional & Vocational Education

Table of contents 

Chapter 1: Introduction: How does a person become a mathematician?.- Chapter 2: How do mathematics students think of mathematics? – a first look.- Chapter 3: How do mathematics students go about learning mathematics? – a first look.- Chapter 4: What do mathematics students say about mathematics internationally?.- Chapter 5: How can we track our students’ progress towards becoming mathematicians?.- Chapter 6: What is the contribution of mathematics to graduates’ professional working life?.- Chapter 7: What is the role of communication in mathematics graduates’ transition to professional work?.- Chapter 8: What university curriculum best helps students to become mathematicians?.- Chapter 9: How can professional development contribute to university mathematics teaching?.- Chapter 10: Conclusion: Becoming a mathematician – revisited.- References.- Appendix 1. Short form of conceptions of mathematics survey.- Appendix 2. Mathematical communication outcomes.- Appendix 3. Australian professional development framework.            

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