Dispositions of college mathematics students

D. C. Royster, M. Kim Harris, N. Schoeps

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The paper considers the dispositions of college students in mathematics courses towards mathematics. Disposition is looked at as a measure of the attitude of students towards mathematics and their beliefs about mathematics. Effective mathematics teaching involves more than the teaching of mathematical concepts and procedures: it also includes helping students develop their dispositions towards mathematics. An important component in the reform of the programme at the authors' university was an understanding of students' dispositions and attitudes towards mathematics. This study focused on beliefs and attitudes of students at the college level. Students in a variety of mathematics courses were surveyed. Several variables, such as academic major, mathematical background and gender were used to classify the students who were surveyed. Students' initial attitudes were assessed and changes in their attitudes identified over the course of one semester.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-333
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Applied Mathematics


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