Upper secondary school students’ gendered conceptions about affect in mathematics
This study explores upper secondary school students’ conceptions about gender and affect in mathematics. Two groups of students from Swedish Natural Science Programme each answered a questionnaire; the first with a focus on boys and girls in general and the other with a focus on individuals themselves. The results from two questionnaires were compared. The first questionnaire revealed a view of rather traditional femininities and masculinities, a result that did not repeat itself in the second questionnaire. There was a discrepancy between traits students ascribed as gender different and traits students ascribed to themselves.
Lovisa Sumpter is lecturer and researcher at Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden. Her research interests are mathematical reasoning, affect and gender.