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2002

Science and Mathematics Education

Australian Catholic University

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Naïve And Yet Knowing: Young Learners Portray Beliefs About Mathematics And Learning, Andrea M. Mcdonough Feb 2002

Naïve And Yet Knowing: Young Learners Portray Beliefs About Mathematics And Learning, Andrea M. Mcdonough

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This is a report of an investigation of children's beliefs about the nature of mathematics, the nature of learning and helping factors for learning mathematics. The study aimed to investigate whether beliefs held by eight learners of eight to nine years of age could be articulated and portrayed. It aimed also to develop procedures to facilitate this process, to portray children's beliefs from their responses to the research procedures, to provide insights into possible complexities and subtleties of young learners' beliefs, to reflect upon the significance for the mathematics classroom of the insights gained, and to reflect upon ...