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Novice mathematics students at the university: Experiences, orientations and expectations
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mathematics (Dept.), Mathematics (Div.).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7158-5865
Linnaeus University.
Chalmers University of Technology/University of Gothenburg.
Umeå University.
2012 (English)In: Evaluation and comparison of mathematical achievement: Dimensions and perspectives: Proceedings of MADIF8 / [ed] Bergsten, C., Jablonka, E., & Raman, M., Linköping: Svensk förening för MatematikDidaktisk Forskning - SMDF, 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we report an on-going study of novice university students in mathematics and the secondary-tertiary transition. A total of 146 novice mathematics students from three Swedish universities were given a questionnaire in the beginning of their first semester. The aim was to characterize them as learners of mathematics. The results were summarized with descriptive statistics, and Principal Component Analysis (PCA) was used to look for correlations. The results show that the teacher and the textbook play a crucial role in their learning of mathematics. Furthermore, the students can be characterized as either individual or interactive learners, which relates to students’ grades.

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Linköping: Svensk förening för MatematikDidaktisk Forskning - SMDF, 2012.
, Skrifter från SMDF, ISSN 1651-3274 ; 9
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Education and Communication in the Technological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-62164ISBN: 978-91-973934-8-5OAI: diva2:951831
The Eighth Swedish Mathematics Education Research Seminar, Umeå, January 24-25, 2012.

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Available from: 2016-08-10 Created: 2012-01-18 Last updated: 2016-08-24Bibliographically approved

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