mathematics, quantitative reasoning, value, confidence.
Although mathematical and quantitative reasoning skills are an essential part of adult life in our society, many students arrive at post-secondary education without such skills. Taking a standard mathematics course such as calculus may do little to improve those skills. Using a modification of the Tapia & Marsh questionnaire, we surveyed 62 students taking a broad quantitative reasoning course designed to develop quantitative skills, with respect to two broad attitudinal areas: students’ perception of their own ability, confidence and anxiety, and their perception of the value of mathematics in their studies and their lives. Pre- to post-course comparisons were done by both paired t-tests and Wilcoxon signed-rank tests. Our results showed a significant increase in confidence and decrease in anxiety, while perception of the value of mathematics was already high and changed little by the end of the course.
Wismath, Shelly L. and Worrall, Alyson
"Improving University Students' Perception of Mathematics and Mathematics Ability,"
Numeracy: Vol. 8
, Article 9.
Available at: http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/numeracy/vol8/iss1/art9
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