### Beskrivelse

Abstract til oplæg:**Contributing to students’ perception of relevance and application of mathematics by focusing on students’ mathematics-related beliefs.**

There seems to be a connection between students’ general perception of mathematics as irrelevant and isolated from other subjects and a schema or algorithm oriented approach to mathematics. This approach involves perceiving mathematics as a tool, a set of formulas or procedures to be followed in order to reach the right result, or even as a set of rules to be memorized just to be able to pass a test (Grigutsch, 1998).

Such an approach to mathematics is related to negative beliefs about mathematics, and combined with the apprehension that good mathematical skills are a sign of intelligence, the schema oriented approach can even be connected to low self-efficacy or self-esteem in mathematics (Malmivuori, 1996) with the risk of having psychological consequences by leading to mathematics anxiety. This again can cause self-protecting beliefs about mathematics as irrelevant or impossible to learn (Goldin, Rösken & Törner, 2009).

By combining the Autonomous Learning Behavior Model (Fennema, 1989) and the Cycle of Mathematics Avoidance (Preis & Biggs, 2001) in the Model of Self-Reinforcing Effect of Negative Mathematics-Related Beliefs, I present how negative beliefs about mathematics can be self-reinforcing. These beliefs can be very difficult to change, especially if they are developed as a defence mechanism in order to protect oneself from feeling worthless or unintelligent.

I therefore argue that it is essential to focus on the development of students’ beliefs in mathematics education, particularly about mathematics as a discipline, in order to enhance the students’ apprehension of the role and use of mathematics in the world and to emphasize the interdisciplinary possibilities of mathematics. Working with mathematics-related beliefs as a goal can provide the relevance and motivation for students to change their negative beliefs about mathematics as well as broaden their perspective in other subjects.

Periode | 27 jun. 2017 → 29 jun. 2017 |
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Begivenhedstype | Konference |

Placering | København, Danmark |

Grad af anerkendelse | International |

### Emneord

- Læring, pædagogik og undervisning
- læringsadfærd

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