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Influence of Student’s Attitudes and Beliefs on the Ability of Solving Mathematical Problems with Irrelevant Information
Vasaskolan, Gävle.
University of Gävle, Department of Technology and Built Environment, Ämnesavdelningen för elektronik. (Teknikdidaktik)
2009 (English)In: Beliefs and attitudes in mathematics education: new research results / [ed] Jürgen Maasz and Wolfgang Schlöglmann, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers , 2009, 165-178 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A limited quantitative survey has been performed in order to study how attitudes, beliefs and feelings of students may influence the ability of solving text-based mathematical problems containing irrelevant information. The survey is also analyzing their capability of scrutinizing texts and sorting out relevant information.

The students took a written test with text-based problems of different amount of irrelevant information. The capability of understanding such problems was investigated versus degree of mathematical maturity and gender. Obtained results indicate a noticeable correlation between the occurrence of irrelevant information and the ability of solving the problems. Furthermore, attitudes, beliefs, and the degree of mathematical maturity, expressed in terms of age, have a clear influence on the results. On the other hand, this study has not revealed any significant difference between genders as regards the capability of solving text-based problems with irrelevant information.

 

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Rotterdam: Sense Publishers , 2009. 165-178 p.
Keyword [en]
Attitudes, Beliefs, Irrelevant information, Problem solving, Text-based problems
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Other Mathematics Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-3684ISBN: 978-90-8790-722-8 (print)ISBN: 978-90-8790-721-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-3684DiVA: diva2:174272
Available from: 2009-02-20 Created: 2009-02-04 Last updated: 2012-06-20Bibliographically approved

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