## Abstract

The image of mathematics held by Irish post-primary students was examined and a model for the image found was constructed. Initially, a definition for 'image of mathematics' was adopted with image of mathematics hypothesized as comprising attitudes, beliefs, self-concept, motivation, emotions and past experiences of mathematics. Research focused on students studying ordinary level mathematics for the Irish Leaving Certificate examination - the final examination for students in second-level or post-primary education. Students were aged between 15 and 18 years. A questionnaire was constructed with both quantitative and qualitative aspects. The questionnaire survey was completed by 356 post-primary students. Responses were analysed quantitatively using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and qualitatively using the constant comparative method of analysis and by reviewing individual responses. Findings provide an insight into Irish post-primary students' images of mathematics and offer a means for constructing a theoretical model of image of mathematics which could be beneficial for future research.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 879-891 |

Number of pages | 13 |

Journal | International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology |

Volume | 45 |

Issue number | 6 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - Aug 2014 |

## Keywords

- factors of influence
- image of mathematics
- post-primary students
- questionnaire
- second-level mathematics education
- theoretical model