Mathematics Education Trends and Research

Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID metr-00027, 6 Pages

doi: 10.5899/2013/metr-00027


Research Article


A Study of Dependence between Culture and Learning Mathematics


Fatemeh Khaleghpanah-Noughabi1 *, Mohammad-Hassan Behzadi1, Ahmad Shahvarani1


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


* Corresponding author. Email address: Fkhaleghpanah@yahoo.com


Received: 30 August 2013; Accepted: 08 September 2013


Copyright © 2013 Fatemeh Khaleghpanah-Noughabi, Mohammad-Hassan Behzadi and Ahmad Shahvarani. 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.

Abstract

Social and cultural environment of a community may influence on the teaching and learning processes of its people. Teaching mathematics is not an exception to this principle. Generally providing mathematical concepts and their teaching and learning procedures in different educational degrees requires people's interaction with each other and with their cultural and social environment. In this research therefore, efforts have been made to compare mathematical performance of students with their cultural marks through mathematics exam scores and questionnaire using surveying and correlation methods. Therefore, relying on the correlation coefficient test with a significance level of 0.05, the results of the study on the relation between cultural and mathematical scores of girl students of third grade of high school at zones 1, 7 and 16 of Tehran indicated that there is a positive correlation coefficient between cultural and math scores of students. Therefore it was concluded that there is a significant correlation between math and cultural scores of students. In other words, higher cultural score is the higher will be the math score and vice versa. Considering this result, we can study on culturalization of schools and community of students with a new method so that teaching and learning mathematics process is improved.


Keywords: Mathematics; family environment; culture; learning; interaction.

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