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Conceptual and procedural approaches to mathematics in the engineering curriculum: Views of qualified engineers
Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.
Linköping University, Department of Mathematics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. (Matematikdidaktik)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3681-3535
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Communications and Transport Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
2017 (English)In: European Journal of Engineering Education, ISSN 0304-3797, E-ISSN 1469-5898, Vol. 42, no 5, p. 570-586Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The research interest underpinning this paper concerns the type ofmathematical knowledge engineering students may acquire during theirspecialised education in terms of the conceptual and proceduraldimensions of doing and using mathematics. This study draws oninterviews with 25 qualified engineers from South Africa and Swedenregarding their views on the role of mathematics in engineeringeducation, with special focus on the conceptual and procedural aspectsof mathematical knowledge. A thematic analysis of the interview dataled to the identification of two main themes. According to theconceptual view a predominantly conceptual approach is needed andvalued more than procedural skills, while the balanced view emphasisesa balance of conceptual understanding and procedural fluency as wellas links between them. It is suggested that the mathematical educationof engineers would need to be more conceptually oriented to preparefor the demands at the workplace.

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Taylor & Francis, 2017. Vol. 42, no 5, p. 570-586
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Conceptual and procedural knowledge; undergraduate mathematics; engineering education; views of engineers
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-139232DOI: 10.1080/03043797.2017.1343278ISI: 000416683300008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85021268611OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-139232DiVA, id: diva2:1120524
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Conceptual and procedural understanding in mathematics courses for engineering students
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2017-07-06 Created: 2017-07-06 Last updated: 2018-03-08Bibliographically approved

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