A Portrait of Disaffection with School Mathematics: The Case of Anna

Author: Gareth Lewis
Organization: University of Leicester
Citation: Lewis, G. 2013. A Portrait of Disaffection with School Mathematics: The Case of Anna. Journal of Motivation, Emotion, and Personality. Vol. 1 (2013), pp. 36-43. DOI: 10.12689/jmep.2013.105.

Abstract: Disaffection with school mathematics is a serious and important issue with social, economic and individual consequences. However, it is under-researched, and a case is made that this situation should be addressed. Although attention has shifted to the study of affect in mathematics education, much of the research on affect concerns attitude and is undertaken from statistical point of view. It is argued that disaffection should be viewed as a motivational and emotional phenomenon, and that a phenomenological approach, combined with qualitative methods, will help to understand the phenomenon more deeply from the point of view of students who experience such disaffection. This paper presents a case study of Anna, as an example of how the individuality and idiosyncrasy of the phenomenon belies the simple characterisation associated with ‘negative attitude’.

Keywords: mathematics, disaffection, motivation, emotion

DOI: 10.12689/jmep.2013.105

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