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ERIC Number: EJ1090457
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1479-4802
Constructing Confidence and Identities of Belonging in Mathematics at the Transition to Secondary School
Darragh, Lisa
Research in Mathematics Education, v15 n3 p215-229 2013
This case study investigates students' perspectives on their mathematics learning experiences and identity constructions, in the context of transition to secondary school. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with six girls, halfway through their first year at their new school. Thematic analysis and discourse analysis were used to interpret and deconstruct their narratives. The girls' stories contribute to our understandings of how confidence in mathematics is discursively constructed. The stories also clarify the importance of gaining a sense of belonging in the transition from primary to secondary school mathematics. Through promoting this belonging within the mathematics classroom, teachers may engender confident performances in class and, through this, contribute to the construction of positive mathematical identities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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