This survey takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. Your answers (which will be confidential) can be as long or as short as you like. You don't have to answer every question, although it would be greatly appreciated if you did. Results of this survey (as well as essays regarding mathematical attitudes and mathematical thinking) will be posted on this website some time in the future. Thank you very much for the time and thought you put into answering these questions. - Noa


1.
a. How do you feel about (learning) math? (on this 1-7 scale)
I don't like it 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 I like it
b. Why?
2.
a. What math courses did you study in school?
Basic math Algebra I Algebra II Geometry Trigonometry
Finite math Pre-calculus Calculus "Business" math Statistics
Other:
b. In general, what grades did you get in math?
As & Bs     Bs & Cs     Cs & Ds     Ds & Fs    
c. Did any course stand out as more difficult than the others? Which one(s) and why?
3.
a. How would you describe your experience with math in school? Do you remember any particularly positive or negative experiences, or a turning point when things got easier or harder? Please explain.
b. Did you attend any public or private schools in other countries? What countries? What grade levels?
c. Did you attend any private schools (or were you homeschooled) in the United States? What grade levels?
4. Do you think it's important to study math? Why?
5. Which math topics did you find the most difficult, frustrating or confusing (if any)? (fractions, negative numbers, exponents, solving for x, inequalities, factoring quadratics, graphing, word problems, percentages, decimals, etc.)
6. Which math topics did you find most interesting, fun or easy (if any)?
7. What do you think makes someone "good" at math?
8. Why do you think so many people have trouble with math?
9. What do you think makes a good math teacher?
10. What effect or impact does a teacher's personality or teaching style have on your ability to learn (math) from them? (Any examples?)
11. Regarding stereotypes you may have heard about people who are 'good' or 'bad' at math: Have these stereotypes affected you in any way? That is, have they influenced your opinion of others, or do you feel others may apply them to you? Do you think any aspects of these stereotypes are valid?
12. When you have to add, multiply, subtract or divide without using a calculator or pen and paper, what kinds of methods do you tend to use to help you get the answers? (For example, do you rely mostly on having memorized answers? Do you sometimes use fingers? Do you picture writing the numbers in your mind? Do you sometimes 'talk' (maybe with lips moving silently) through the calculations? Do you have special systems and 'tricks' that help you? Etc.)
13. Were your parents and/or siblings "good" at math?
14. In general, do you feel comfortable learning how to solve math problems, or do you also need/want to know why certain short-cuts and "tricks" work?
15. Did you often ask "Why?" in math class? If so, were your questions usually answered to your satisfaction?
16. What do you think a professional mathematician does? And what "kind" of people do you think become mathematicians?
17. What year were you born?
19
18. What is your gender?
Male Female
19. What is your level of education (including degrees, and fields of study)
20. What is/are your Profession(s):
21. What are your interests/skills/hobbies/passions:
22. Do you play a musical instrument, if so, which?
23.
a. What is your native language?
b. Do you speak any foreign languages, if so, which?
24. What are your favorite solitary or group games/puzzles? (for example, cross-word puzzles, Pictionary, Tetris, Clue, chess, Monopoly, Tangrams, Set, etc.)
25. Which of the following describe your personality or your general way of doing and thinking things? (You can select more than one)
Organized
Creative
Good memorizer
Intuitive
Methodical
Artistic
Multi-tasker
Easily distracted
Philosophical
Scattered
Practical
Persistent
Skeptical
Follow directions
Curious
Focused
Experimental
26. How did you find out about this survey?
27. Comments:
Feel free to add any other thoughts about your mathimatical experiences, or any feedback about the design of this survey. Thank you.
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