Your Students' Images of Mathematicians and Mathematics

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Susan H. Picker Works in Community School District 2in New York, NY 10282.

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What images do your students have of mathematicians and mathematics? Finding out more about your students' images of mathematics can help you understand their attitudes toward, misconceptions about, and opinions of the subject. One way to discover these attitudes is to ask your students to create a drawing of a mathematician. You may be surprised at the results!

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Susan Picker interests include student attitudes toward mathematics and the effects of calculators and discrete mathematics on those attitudes.

John Berry is interested in students' development and understanding of fundamental concepts in mathematics and in the use of graphing calculators. The authors wish to thank Phyllis Tam for her contribution to this project.

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