Yang Xin Rong
DOI: JANT Vol.17(No.2) 79-97, 2013
This paper reports findings from a survey of senior secondary school students` epistemo-logical conceptions of mathematics with the adaption of the instrument of the "Concep-tions of Mathematics"-Inventory in China. The survey included a sample of 414 Grade 10 students, 441 Grade 11 students, and 400 Grade 12 students from three provinces. De-scriptive statistics, one-way ANOVA, and T-test were employed to analyze data in this study. It was found that senior secondary school students mainly focused on objectivity and reality of mathematics, without highlighting the characteristics of sociality, subject-tivity, and creativity of mathematics. In addition, besides gender differences, differences were identified among students from different grades, different areas, taught by teachers with different teaching experience and experience in using reformed curriculum.