Math Identity: Breaking Barriers and Building Brilliance
Senior Project Advisor
math education, math anxiety, qualitative methods, education, learning, video, multimedia
This project challenges the prevalent quantitative focus in math education by exploring the humanistic aspects of students' experiences at Western. Using qualitative methods, including surveys and interviews, the study delves into the central question of 'who is a math person?' Notably, over half of the surveyed current math students at Western (216 individuals) report experiencing math anxiety.
The research adopts a holistic approach, acknowledging the cognitive consequences of math anxiety, its intergenerational impact, and potential harm to female students' beliefs. The findings, presented in a 15-minute video, redefine the concept of a 'math person' through firsthand narratives and testimonials from students in Math 099, Western's lowest math class. This project aims to contribute to a more nuanced understanding of students' perspectives on themselves and mathematics, fostering a more inclusive approach to math education.
Chappell, Emily, "Math Identity: Breaking Barriers and Building Brilliance" (2023). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 767.
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