Friendship groups and affective relationships in mathematics learning

Edwards, Julie-Ann (2011) Friendship groups and affective relationships in mathematics learning. European Research in Mathematics Education VI, VI, 1189-1198.


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Affective aspects of mathematics learning are widely studied, yet the impact of friendship groups on the phenomenon of mathematical reasoning is less well documented. This study describes how students (aged 11 to 14 years) reported how they worked together, how their friendships impacted on their capacity to engage with mathematical reasoning and how these relationships were a mediating tool for their mathematics learning. Findings suggest that friendship groups provide these young people with a learning environment in which they can comfortably challenge each other, seek justifications, use ‘street language’ in order to clarify their position and provide a ‘safe’ environment for expressing their learning frustrations

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: To appear in Volume 11
ISSNs: 1479-4802
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Mathematics and Science Education
ePrint ID: 184081
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
2011In press
Date Deposited: 06 May 2011 07:57
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:37

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