The theme of this project is to find effective ways of learning about studentsâ€™ attitudes and perceptions about the subject of mathematics. I am also trying to learn how best to ascertain what studentsâ€™ perceptions are about themselves in the mathematics classroom. and where each student has felt most successful. Were these personal successes achieved through direct instruction, cooperative learning environments, personal exploration or other means. To have good information from the students it is also important to know what are the best types of questions to ask, how are they best presented, and the best ways for students to give their responses.
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I had experienced difficulty in getting students to write in the past and knew getting detailed answers would be a challenge. Answers did tend to be short.
Responses to the first question (What do you like about mathematics? Which applications such as in technology or the history of mathematics do you find interesting and why?) were:
â€œI like mathematics because math governs the universe; everything can be quantified in math.â€ â€œTechnology also follows math, plans to build anything involve ratios of materials to other materials. Computers work based off of math, all of the the most basic programs up to the most advanced processes need the basic lines of 1s and 0s to function.â€ -Mark (Math B)
â€œI like percentages, probability and statistics. I find math interesting in history by how the ancient Egyptians use to use it building the pyramids and how today they build bridges such as the Golden Gate Bridge. The reason I like percentages, probability and statistics is because its interesting to see what parts of the country or the world likes or picks certain things.â€ -Kyle (Math B)
â€œProving Iâ€™m right, philosophy because I like to contemplate the universeâ€
-Jack (Math B)
â€œSolving equations that have definite formulas. I find math used to operate computers interesting. I do not find the history of mathematics interesting. Because I find this math kind of easy.â€ -Larry (Math B)
â€œ I like mathematics because it helps me find out how much a video game costsâ€
â€œI like it to do art because I want to become an artistâ€ â€“Kevin (Algebra)
â€œI like most of it because it helps in science and in science you get to know how things workâ€ â€“Alyssa (Algebra)
â€œI like the history of math. Newton and Descartes were interesting people. The Greeks started philosophy and changed the way people think.â€ -Dominick (Math A)
Responses to the second question: (Why do you think math is important to study? Describe a situation where you used math, or where you think math could be useful to you.) were:
â€œMath is important to study as it is the only truly unchanged constant in our world, 1 always equals 1, 2 always equals 2.â€ â€œQuantitative measurement has many applications in our world, calculating a position on a map, figuring out the energy required for the operation of a device, even calculating the movement of the cosmos. Although I have not encountered a situation where I was prompted to use complex math in my life as of yet, I will assuredly encounter many times in my lifetime.â€ -Mark (Math B)
â€œIts important to study because you use it everyday and you might need it for a job in the future. A situation where I have used math is when I am a cashier. I also used math to measure if furniture could fit in my room.â€ -Kyle (Math B)
â€œI donâ€™t, just learn to use a calculator better.â€ -Jack (Math B)
â€œI think math is important to study for the...