Master of Science (MS)
Curriculum and Instruction
First Committee Member
Juli K. Dixon
Number of Pages
This study was conducted to show that using historical material to teach mathematical content to pre-service secondary mathematics teachers could improve their attitudes about incorporating the history of mathematics into the mathematics classroom. A historical module from the Mathematical Association of America was taught to an undergraduate class of pre-service secondary mathematics teachers. Their attitudes regarding the use of the history of mathematics in the mathematics classroom were then compared to the attitudes of students in another undergraduate class, taught by the same researcher, whose instruction did not incorporate history. Results from t-tests indicate that there was a positive change in attitude amongst the students in the experimental group. This study did not, however, verify a distinction in achievement between the two groups.
Attitudes; History; Mathematics; Secondary; Service; Teachers
Mathematics--Study and teaching; Education, Elementary
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Sullivan, Kelly Marie, "Pre-service secondary mathematics teachers' attitudes about the history of mathematics" (2000). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1160.