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Lubienski, Sarah Theule; Ganley, Colleen M.; Makowski, Martha B.; Miller, Emily K.; Timmer, Jennifer D. – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2021

Despite progress toward gender equity, troubling disparities in mathematical problem-solving performance and related outcomes persist. To investigate why, we build on recurrent findings in previous studies to introduce a new construct, "bold problem solving," which involves approaching mathematics problems in inventive ways. We introduce…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Gender Differences, Middle School Students

Battey, Dan; Bartell, Tonya; Webel, Corey; Lowry, Amanda – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2021

Recent international studies have found that teachers' attitudes, biased against historically marginalized groups, predict lower student achievement in mathematics (e.g., van den Bergh et al., 2010). It is not clear, however, if or how teachers' racial attitudes affect their evaluation of students' mathematical thinking to produce these effects.…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Racial Attitudes, Correlation

McCulloch, Allison W.; Leatham, Keith R.; Lovett, Jennifer N.; Bailey, Nina Gabrielle; Reed, Samuel D. – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2021

The field of mathematics teacher education has been moving collectively toward a common goal of preparing prospective mathematics teachers to teach with technology. In this article, we present findings from a national survey of accredited university secondary mathematics teacher education programs. The purpose of the study is to describe the…

Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Secondary School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Technology Integration

Leyva, Luis A. – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2021

This article proposes and employs a framework that characterizes mathematics education as a white, patriarchal space to analyze undergraduate Black women's narratives of experience in navigating P-16 mathematics education. The framework guided a counter-storytelling analysis that captured variation in Black women's experiences of within-group…

Descriptors: African American Students, Females, Resilience (Psychology), Group Dynamics

Santana, Macarena; Nussbaum, Miguel; Claro, Susana; Piza, Sebastián; Imbarack, Patricia; Loeb, Susanna – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2021

Even when parents have the time required to support their children's education, they can increase their children's anxiety about school when they try to help, especially if they are not confident in their own abilities. This study measures the effects of having parents complete nonacademic schoolwork with their teenage children. Half of the 422…

Descriptors: Mathematics Anxiety, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Achievement, Academic Achievement

Conner, AnnaMarie; Singletary, Laura Marie – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2021

Supporting students in making mathematical arguments is an important part of discourse practices in mathematics classrooms. Differences in teachers' support for collective argumentation have been observed and documented, and the importance of the teacher's role in supporting collective argumentation is well established. This article seeks to…

Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Mathematical Logic, Mathematics Education, Teacher Role

Ruef, Jennifer – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2021

What does it mean to be "good-at-math," and how is it determined? Cobb et al. (2009) defined the normative identity of mathematics classrooms as the obligations that students must meet to be considered good-at-math. Obligations are negotiated between teachers and students through series of bids. Normative identities reveal distributions…

Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, Behavior Standards, Social Behavior, Mathematics Teachers

Gomez, Carlos Nicolas; Conner, AnnaMarie – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2020

Cooney, Shealy, and Arvold (1998) wrote a widely cited article describing the belief structures of prospective teachers and argued that the structures can aid in describing how beliefs change and the influence of authority on the individual. We investigate the impact of this manuscript on the field. To do this, we conducted a literature review (n…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Beliefs, Attitude Change

Peck, Frederick A. – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2020

This article presents the results of a design-based research study related to slope that took place in a high school algebra 1 classroom. In the study, students explored situations related to making predictions. As students engaged with these situations, they reinvented and made meaningful multiple subconstructs of slope. I present the findings in…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, High School Students

Johnson, Estrella; Andrews-Larson, Christine; Keene, Karen; Melhuish, Kathleen; Keller, Rachel; Fortune, Nicholas – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2020

Our field has generally reached a consensus that active-learning approaches improve student success; however, there is a need to explore the ways that particular instructional approaches affect various student groups. We examined the relationship between gender and student learning outcomes in one context: inquiry-oriented abstract algebra. Using…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Mathematics, Mathematics Achievement, Inquiry

Maloney, Tanya; Matthews, Jamaal Sharif – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2020

This multimethod study draws on theories of teacher care, dispositions, and culturally relevant pedagogy to examine how 12 urban mathematics teachers' perceptions of their own care practices align with their Black and Latinx students' (n = 321) sense of connectedness in the mathematics classroom. A qualitative analysis of in-depth interviews with…

Descriptors: Caring, Teacher Student Relationship, Classroom Environment, Culturally Relevant Education

Alcock, Lara; Hernandez-Martinez, Paul; Patel, Arun Godwin; Sirl, David – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2020

In this article, we argue that although mathematics educators are concerned about social issues, minimal attention has been paid to student-student interactions outside the classroom. We discuss social network analysis as a methodology for studying such interactions in the context of an undergraduate course. We present results on the questions:…

Descriptors: Study Habits, Undergraduate Students, College Mathematics, Social Networks

Barwell, Richard – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2020

Research focused on learning mathematics in a 2nd language is generally located in individual 2nd-language contexts. In this ethnographic study, I investigated mathematics learning in 4 different second-language contexts: a mainstream classroom, a sheltered classroom for Indigenous students, a welcome class for new immigrants, and a…

Descriptors: Socialization, Ethnography, Mathematics Instruction, Immigrants

Vazquez, Salvador R.; Ermeling, Bradley A.; Ramirez, Gerardo – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2020

Productive struggle--expending effort to make sense of something beyond one's current level of understanding--aids in learning mathematics concepts and procedures. In this study, we surveyed 197 parents with children in the 1st to the 5th grade on their beliefs about productive struggle. Beliefs were assessed via questionnaire and rating of a…

Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Knowledge Level, Problem Solving, Homework

Sonnert, Gerhard; Barnett, Melissa D.; Sadler, Philip M. – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2020

Students' attitudes toward mathematics and the strength of their mathematics preparation typically go hand in hand such that their specific effects are difficult to disentangle. Employing the method of propensity weighting of a continuous variable, we built hierarchical linear models in which mathematics attitudes and preparation are uncorrelated.…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, College Mathematics, College Students, Mathematics Achievement