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Conference Proceeding

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Proceedings of the 42nd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (Vol. 3)

Conference Location

Umeå, Sweden


Ewa Bergqvist, Magnus Österholm, Carina Granberg, Lovisa Sumpter

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The ways in which a student relates to mathematics is known to affect how they learn and perform in mathematics: anxiety may be compensated with avoidance; enjoyment with engagement. Therefore, there is a need to understand students’ relationships with mathematics and to see how these are affected by mathematics education. This paper presents results from the early stages of a mixed-methods study aimed at assessing changes in students’ attitudes towards mathematics as revealed in their writings about mathematics. In contrast to existing survey instruments on attitudes towards mathematics, the methods and discussion presented here have the potential to inform the analysis of more idiosyncratic, personal, and diverse relationships with mathematics in authentic, large-scale educational settings.


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Mathematics and Statistics