Journal of Advances in Humanities and Social Sciences
Journal ISSN: 2414-3111
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Received: 31 July 2016
Accepted: 25 September 2016
Published: 19 December 2016
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  • Researching college students’ conceptions of mathematics in calculus

Tung-Shyan Chen

Published online: 2016


Calculus is important in today’s mathematics. In this paper, we investigated Taiwanese college students’ conceptions of mathematics by permeating mathematical culture in calculus. 43 college students who had major in management participated in this study. A qualitative belief questionnaire, students’ inclass reports, and the achievement tests were sources used to observe the development of students’ conceptions. In the beginning, there were 65.12% of students espousing narrow views, whereas it decreased to 34.88% at the end. Research shows that the number of students with broad conceptions from 15 students increased to 28 students (increased to 86.67%). The research concludes that permeating mathematical culture into calculus teaching will improve students’ conceptions of mathematics towards broader perspective.