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Images of Mathematics Held by University Teachers of Mathematical Sciences
Educational Studies in Mathematics
Vol. 25, No. 4 (Dec., 1993), pp. 375-385
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3482762
Page Count: 11
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For some time now mathematics educators have been studying elementary and secondary school teachers' views of mathematics. A knowledge of university teachers' views of this discipline can provide a useful background to these research endeavours. As part of a national survey of men and women teachers of mathematical sciences in Canadian universities, I included a question concerning the definition of mathematics. In this article I present the themes emerging from a content analysis of the responses obtained and discuss them in relation to research on school teachers' perception of mathematics. I also report the results concerning the university teachers answers to a second question relevant to the image of mathematics, namely identifying up to ten books which, in their opinion, have had the most influence on the development of mathematics.
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