DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BEGINNERS’ AND EXPERIENCED STUDENTS’ APPROACHES TO LEARNING MATHEMATICS AT THE UNIVERSITY
Paper in proceedings, 2013

In this paper, we report on an on-going quantitative study of students’ transition from school to university mathematics. The study aims at examining differences between beginners and experienced students’ approaches to learning mathematics. Students were given questionnaires in the beginning and at the end of their first year at university. The results were summarized with descriptive and interferential statistics. The results show that beginners rely heavily on the teacher, while experienced students re-orient themselves from the teacher to other kinds of mathematical resources, for example peers and Internet based resources.

Author

Erika Stadler

Samuel Bengmark

University of Gothenburg

Chalmers, Mathematical Sciences, Mathematics

Hans Thunberg

Mikael Winberg

CERME 8, Eighth Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education

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Educational Sciences

Learning and teaching

Pedagogical work

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10/7/2017