The Path to Math: Analysis of Student Mathematical Stories

Wallace, Aurora D. (2018) The Path to Math: Analysis of Student Mathematical Stories. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Joel Amidon from Department of Teacher Education, The University of Mississippi.


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In this thesis, I address the issue of American students’ dislike of mathematics. I explored this issue in two parts: distributing a survey to undergraduates of the University of Mississippi and then conducting interviews of students at the same university about their past feelings and emotions about mathematics. Interview data was analyzed and coded through Dedoose, a qualitative data program. Analysis of each interviewee’s data set led to the establishment of different mathematical “paths” that students follow in their mathematics education. The five paths emerging from the data – Arrow, Improvement, Revelation, Sparkless, and Almost Revelation – provide a more individualized look at education and provide clues on how to help students change their minds and attitudes about mathematics.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Wallace, Aurora D.
Student's Degree Program(s): B.S. in Mathematics
Thesis Advisor: Joel Amidon
Thesis Advisor's Department: Department of Teacher Education
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Depositing User: Aurora Wallace
Date Deposited: 11 May 2018 17:48
Last Modified: 11 May 2018 17:48

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