Mathematics Education Trends and Research

Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID metr-00009, 7 Pages

doi: 10.5899/2013/metr-00009

Research Article

Students' Conception about the Relation of Mathematics to Real-Life

Shirin Soltani Salout1 *, Mohammad-Hassan Behzadi1, Ahmad Shahvarani1, Maryam Manuchehri1

1Department of Mathematics, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

* Corresponding author. Email address:

Received: 13 February 2013; Accepted: 09 March 2013

Copyright © 2013 Shirin Soltani Salout, Mohammad-Hassan Behzadi, Ahmad Shahvarani and Maryam Manuchehri. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Present paper has studied the conceptions of high school students about mathematical relations to the real life in the three strands; mathematics, experimental science and humanities. Regard to this research, research methodology was survey. Consequently 780 girl high school students are chosen via multi-steps cluster sampling method randomly. Questionnaire forms are applied in four parts as research instrumentation. Data are analyzed thereby descriptive and inferential statistics for further analysis as a result of the process that is demonstrated via one-sample sign test in order to collect and analyze of students' responses regard to self-conception about mathematics in real-life. Accord to the findings and results, it seems that students believed that the generalization of mathematics to the real life is surprisingly insufficiency. These views and responses are indicated that it necessaries to modify the textbooks and curriculums in terms of mathematics development and students' needs in real-life. Also teachers have to spend the special courses for this important.

Keywords: Mathematics education; relations; real-life; conception.


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