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Mathematicians Writing

Leone Burton, Candia Morgan 

July 2000, Volume 31, Issue 4, Page 429

Abstract:
In this article we report on part of a study of the epistemological perspectives of practicing research mathematicians. We explore the identities that mathematicians present to the world in their writing and the ways in which they represent the nature of mathematical activity. Analysis of 53 published research papers reveals substantial variations in these aspects of mathematicians' writing. The interpretation of these variations is supported by extracts from interviews with the mathematicians. We discuss the implications for students and for novice researchers beginning to write about their mathematical activity.

Keywords:
Article
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Calculus and Higher Level Mathematics
Communication
Conceptual Development
Grades 9-12
Higher Education
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Survey Studies
Problem Solving / Problem Posing
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Theory
Representation