Investigating secondary school students' epistemologies through a class activity concerning infinity

Rizza, Davide, Iannone, Paola and Thoma, Athina (2018) Investigating secondary school students' epistemologies through a class activity concerning infinity. In: Proceedings of the 42nd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. UNSPECIFIED, Umea, pp. 131-138. ISBN 0771-100X

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we report findings from a pilot study investigating school students' epistemologies of mathematics by using novel mathematics definitions. Students aged 17 and 18-year-old in Italy and the UK were asked to complete a worksheet that used a numerical approach to determine the sizes of infinite sets and were, then, invited to attend focus group interviews about their experience with the material. Thematic analysis of the interviews reveals that this approach is useful to distinguish between naïve and advanced epistemologies and using unseen mathematical definitions can help enrich our understanding of epistemologies held by students of school age.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
    Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
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    Depositing User: LivePure Connector
    Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2018 11:30
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2019 10:49
    URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/68298
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