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EXPLORING HIGH-ACHIEVING STUDENTS’ IMAGES OF MATHEMATICIANS

  • Mario Sánchez AguilarEmail author
  • Alejandro Rosas
  • Juan Gabriel Molina Zavaleta
  • Avenilde Romo-Vázquez
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Abstract

The aim of this study is to describe the images that a group of high-achieving Mexican students hold of mathematicians. For this investigation, we used a research method based on the Draw-A-Scientist Test (DAST) with a sample of 63 Mexican high school students. The group of students’ pictorial and written descriptions of mathematicians assisted us in characterising their predominant image of a mathematician. The image that emerged was that of a male person dressed in a casual or formal fashion, with a formal hairstyle and, in some cases, wearing glasses. Furthermore, he is a happy, intelligent person, who enjoys his work and is passionate about mathematics. We discuss some implications of the results and suggest future work.

Keywords

Draw-A-Scientist Test high-achieving students Mexican mathematics students students’ images of mathematicians social representations 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Sánchez Aguilar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alejandro Rosas
    • 1
  • Juan Gabriel Molina Zavaleta
    • 1
  • Avenilde Romo-Vázquez
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto Politécnico NacionalCICATA Legaria, Programa de Matemática EducativaMexico CityMexico

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