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The thinking styles of university mathematics students.

Moutsios-Rentzos, A. and Simpson, A. (2010) 'The thinking styles of university mathematics students.', Acta didactica Napocensia., 3 (4). pp. 1-10.


In this paper, we focus on the relationship between studying university mathematics and the ‘thinking styles’ of both undergraduate and postgraduate mathematics students. A crosssectional quantitative study (N = 238) was conducted in a large Greek university, identifying the thinking styles of second, third and fourth year undergraduates, as well as those of students following a postgraduate degree in mathematics. The analysis revealed that the more experienced undergraduates and the postgraduates showed a stronger preference for originality and freedom in thinking, low degrees of structure, high levels of freedom and more complex information processing, combined with non-prioritised thinking. However, the postgraduates combine these preferences with a stronger preference for implementing rules and instructions. A discussion on these findings and on the factors that may account for them is presented.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:University mathematics, Thinking styles, Undergraduates, Postgraduates, MSC 97C30.
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Date deposited:25 March 2015
Date of first online publication:December 2010
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