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Different views:  Teacher and engineering students on the concept of function
University of Gävle, Department of Mathematics, Natural and Computer Sciences, Ämnesavdelningen för matematik och statistik.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4909-1914
2008 (English)In: Perspectives on Mathematical Knowledge: Proceedings of MADIF 6 / [ed] Christer Bergsten, Barbro Grevholm, Thomas Lingefjärd, Stockholm: SMDF , 2008, p. 97-106Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study analyses what kind of conceptions teacher students and engineering students have about the function concept, and how these conceptions differ between the two groups. The study was conducted through questionnaires, and 34 students at a Swedish university participated. The function concepts of the students have been classified according to modified versions of models presented by Vinner & Dreyfus, Sfard and DeMarois & Tall. The study shows that the students primarily have operational concepts of function, with only a couple of students having a structural function concept. The study also shows distinct differences between prospective compulsory school teachers and engineering students, where the former have less developed functional concepts.

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Stockholm: SMDF , 2008. p. 97-106
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Skrifter från Svensk Förening för Matematikdidaktisk Forskning, ISSN 1651-3274 ; 6
Keywords [en]
mathematics education, function concept, university mathematics, students, concept image
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-10016ISBN: 91-973934-5-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-10016DiVA, id: diva2:438662
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The 6th Swedish Mathematics Education Research Seminar, Stockholm, January 29-30, 2008
Available from: 2011-09-05 Created: 2011-09-05 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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