Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 375–385 | Cite as

Images of mathematics held by university teachers of mathematical sciences

  • Roberta Mura


For some time now mathematics educators have been studying elementary and secondary school teachers' views of mathematics. A knowledge of university teachers' views of this discipline can provide a useful background to these research endeavours. As part of a national survey of men and women teachers of mathematical sciences in Canadian universities, I included a question concerning the definition of mathematics. In this article I present the themes emerging from a content analysis of the responses obtained and discuss them in relation to research on school teachers' perception of mathematics. I also report the results concerning the university teachers answers to a second question relevant to the image of mathematics, namely identifying up to ten books which, in their opinion, have had the most influence on the development of mathematics.


Content Analysis National Survey Mathematics Educator School Teacher Mathematical Science 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roberta Mura
    • 1
  1. 1.Département de DidactiqueUniversité Laval, Cité UniversitaireCanada

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