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ERIC Number: EJ1023216
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-3831
"A Bad Head for Maths"? Constructions of Educability and Mathematics in Adult Students' Narrative Life Histories
Siivonen, Päivi
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, v57 n5 p507-525 2013
The article focuses on the social differences of educability constructed in Finnish general upper secondary school adult graduates' narratives on mathematics. Social class, gender, and age intertwine in the narratives that express the adult students' worries about their ability and competence to study and learn mathematics. Social differences of educability are transformed into individual conceptions of ability in an intrusive way that has consequences far beyond the ability to learn mathematics. This concerns such issues as whether one's ability and competence as a student and learner suffice to complete studies at GUSSA and pass the matriculation examination, as well as one's chances of succeeding in further studies and working life. The study confirms that mathematics continues to be constructed as a masculine prototype of intelligence. Being "good" at mathematics, moreover, implies having intelligence and innate natural talent.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools; Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland
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