Is Maths everywhere? Our students respond

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Title: Is Maths everywhere? Our students respond
Authors: Mulero, Julio | Segura, Lorena | Sepulcre, Juan Matias
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Estadística e Investigación Operativa | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Análisis Matemático
Keywords: Dissemination | Mathematics
Knowledge Area: Estadística e Investigación Operativa | Análisis Matemático
Issue Date: Mar-2013
Editors: International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED)
Citation: MULERO, J.; SEGURA, L., SEPULCRE, J.M. "Is Maths everywhere? Our students respond". En: Proceedings of INTED2013 Conference [Recurso electrónico] : 4th-6th March 2013, Valencia, Spain. Valencia : IATED, 2013. ISBN 978-84-616-2661-8
Abstract: Mathematics expresses itself everywhere, in almost every facet of life - in nature all around us, and in the technologies in our hands. Mathematics is the language of science and engineering - describing our understanding of all that we observe. In fact, Galileo said that Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe. Aristotle defined mathematics as "the science of quantity", i.e., “the science of the things that can be counted”. Now you can think that counting has a vital role in our daily life; just imagine that there were no mathematics at all, how would it be possible for us to count days, months and years? Unfortunately, people usually ignore the connection between mathematics and the daily life. Most of university degrees require mathematics. Students who choose not to take seriously mathematics or to ignore it in high school, find several difficulties when they come up against them at the university. This study explores the perceptions of how mathematics influences our daily life among our students and how teachers can use this information in order to improve the academic performance. The used research instrument was a questionnaire that was designed to identify their understanding on learning mathematics.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/27248
ISBN: 978-84-616-2661-8
Language: eng
Tipe: info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject
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