Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 3(11), pp. 800 - 809
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2015.031104
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Investigation of the Perceptions of Students on Mathematics Course via the Pictures They Draw


Cemil Inan *
Faculty of Education, Dicle University, Turkey

ABSTRACT

The study aimed to scrutinize the perceptions of middle school students on the course of mathematics by using the pictures they drew. In the study conducted with 211 students attending two middle schools in Diyarbakır district center and in a village in 2014-2015 academic year, qualitative research design and phenomenology model were utilized. Content analysis was conducted in the study and at the end of the study, the following categories in the perceptions of the students on the course of mathematics were found: "numbers-infinity, functionality, improvement of mental capacity, requirement for acquiring a profession, basic science containing logic, hard and confusing, created by figures and patterns, requiring effort to learn." The pictures drawn by students were mostly in "functionality in life" category and in "requiring an effort to learn" category the least, respectively. As a result, the common theme that there was a positive perception for mathematics and the attention and the experience of teachers were the basic reasons for that perception was reflected in most drawings.

KEYWORDS
Perception Related to the Course of Mathematics, Drawing, Picture, Perception on the Course of Mathematics, Student Drawings

Cite this paper
Cemil Inan . "Investigation of the Perceptions of Students on Mathematics Course via the Pictures They Draw." Universal Journal of Educational Research 3.11 (2015) 800 - 809. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2015.031104.