View of mathematics – an investigation of Estonian university students
This study reports on first-year Estonian university students’ view of mathematics. The data was collected from 970 university students of different disciplines. The participants filled out a Likert-type questionnaire that was developed using previously published instruments. This paper documents and analyses the data from the study. In this study students agreed that mathematics is an important and valuable subject. Female students have a more positive view of mathematics than male students. Science students have a more positive view of mathematics than non-science students.
Indrek Kaldo is a PhD student in mathematics education at the Institute of Educational Sciences, Tallinn University. His research interests are students’ beliefs, attitudes and motivation towards the teaching and learning of mathematics, particularly at the university level. He has also 14 years experiences as lecturer in mathematics at university level.