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ERIC Number: EJ785491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 31
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 79
ISSN: ISSN-1098-6065
Mother and Child Emotions during Mathematics Homework
Else-Quest, Nicole M.; Hyde, Janet S.; Hejmadi, Ahalya
Mathematical Thinking and Learning: An International Journal, v10 n1 p5-35 Jan 2008
Mathematics is often thought of as a purely intellectual and unemotional activity. Recently, researchers have begun to question the validity of this approach, arguing that emotions and cognition are intertwined. The emotions expressed during mathematics work may be linked to mathematics achievement. We used behavioral measures to identify the emotions expressed by U.S. mothers and their 11-year-old children while solving pre-algebra tasks in the home. The most notable positive emotions displayed by mothers and children included positive interest, affection, joy, and pride, whereas the most notable negative emotions expressed included tension, frustration, and distress. Reflecting the social aspects of doing homework together, mothers' and children's emotions were highly correlated. Independent of pre-existing differences in knowledge, children's emotions were associated with their performance on a mathematics post-test: tension was linked to poorer performance while positive interest, humor, and pride were linked to better performance. We found no evidence of gender differences in the emotions while working the tasks, although boys responded with more tension following an incorrect solution than did girls. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
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Language: English
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