Exploring Middle School Girls' and Boys' Aspirations for their Mathematics Learning

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    Abstract

    This study sought insights into the aspirations of over 3500 middle school girls and boys for their mathematics learning, with the intent of not only informing teachers of the nature of students’ hopes more broadly but also to offer teachers a tool they can use with their own students and against which their own students’ responses can be compared. The students responded to a free-format prompt and generated a wide range of aspirations related to their goals for learning, and their affect, interest and effort, along with specific insights into the features of tasks, working arrangements, and interactions with teachers. This paper discusses a comparative analysis of boys’ and girls’ responses in terms of the nature and frequency of their expressions of aspirations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 40th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
    Place of PublicationPraha Czech Republic
    PublisherInternational Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
    Pages387-394
    Number of pages8
    Volume4
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventAnnual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education 2016 - Szeged, Hungary
    Duration: 3 Jul 20168 Jul 2016
    Conference number: 40th

    Conference

    ConferenceAnnual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education 2016
    Abbreviated titlePME 2016
    Country/TerritoryHungary
    CitySzeged
    Period3/07/168/07/16

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