Becoming a Mathematician

An international perspective

  • Leigh N Wood
  • Peter Petocz
  • Anna Reid

Part of the Mathematics Education Library book series (MELI, volume 56)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Leigh N. Wood, Peter Petocz, Anna Reid
    Pages 1-17
  3. Leigh N. Wood, Peter Petocz, Anna Reid
    Pages 19-35
  4. Leigh N. Wood, Peter Petocz, Anna Reid
    Pages 37-52
  5. Leigh N. Wood, Peter Petocz, Anna Reid
    Pages 53-74
  6. Leigh N. Wood, Peter Petocz, Anna Reid
    Pages 75-90
  7. Leigh N. Wood, Peter Petocz, Anna Reid
    Pages 127-146
  8. Leigh N. Wood, Peter Petocz, Anna Reid
    Pages 147-162
  9. Leigh N. Wood, Peter Petocz, Anna Reid
    Pages 163-173
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 175-188

About this book

Introduction

Mathematicians are everywhere and nowhere: although they play key roles in industry and research, business and science, the people who use the ideas and tools of the mathematics are often invisible and difficult to identify. This leads to a lack of clarity for students who are studying the mathematical sciences in their transition to professional life. Becoming a Mathematician  considers the process of developing a mathematical identity and becoming a mathematician from the point of view of the participants in the process – students and recent graduates. It focuses on the people who do mathematics rather than on the topics of mathematics. It investigates the development of mathematical scientists for a variety of workplaces, and incorporates the experiences of those who were unsuccessful as well as those who were successful in the transition to the profession. The research presented is based on interviews, observations and surveys of students and graduates as they develop their identity as mathematicians, carried out over a decade in Australia and a diverse range of countries.

Keywords

Learning mathematics Mathematicians Mathematics education Professional development

Authors and affiliations

  • Leigh N Wood
    • 1
  • Peter Petocz
    • 2
  • Anna Reid
    • 3
  1. 1., Faculty of Business and EconomicsMacquarie UniversityNorth RydeAustralia
  2. 2., Department of StatisticsMacquarie UniversityNorth RydeAustralia
  3. 3.Sydney Conservatorium of MusicSydney UniversitySydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-2984-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-2983-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-2984-1
  • About this book