In this paper, we report findings from a pilot study investigating school students' epistemologies of mathematics by using novel mathematics definitions. Students aged 17 and 18-year-old in Italy and the UK were asked to complete a worksheet that used a numerical approach to determine the sizes of infinite sets and were, then, invited to attend focus group interviews about their experience with the material. Thematic analysis of the interviews reveals that this approach is useful to distinguish between naïve and advanced epistemologies and using unseen mathematical definitions can help enrich our understanding of epistemologies held by students of school age.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 42nd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education|
|Place of Publication||Umea|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2018|
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