Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Stories of devoted university students: the mathematical experience as a form of ascesis
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Teaching and Learning.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5736-7562
2024 (English)In: Educational Studies in Mathematics, ISSN 0013-1954, E-ISSN 1573-0816, Vol. 115, no 1, p. 51-67Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Drawing on autobiographical essays written by master’s students in mathematics preparing to become teachers, we investigate what mathematical identity these students articulate and how. By means of a discursive thematic analysis centered on the notion of ascesis, we show that the participants’ identity revolves around a characterization of mathematics as a challenging, useful, and comforting activity or knowledge, which is however regarded negatively by others. Indeed, mathematics is described as a uniquely challenging activity which requires an increasingly demanding self-discipline. Moreover, mathematics is depicted as a variously useful form of knowledge which is additionally capable to offer comfort to those who engage with it. However, the participants often remark that other people regard mathematics negatively, a fact explained by stressing others’ inability or unwillingness to understand or appreciate mathematics’ inherent positive features. This sets the boundary of an ideal club of math enthusiasts whose elitist membership is regulated in terms of acceptance or refusal of its constitutive values. Belonging to the club as well as proselytizing in order to recruit new members appears to be central to the participants’ mathematical identity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2024. Vol. 115, no 1, p. 51-67
Keywords [en]
University students, Prospective teachers, Identity, Subjectification, Ascesis
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-222220DOI: 10.1007/s10649-023-10259-4ISI: 001064494100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85170270609OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-222220DiVA, id: diva2:1804225
Available from: 2023-10-11 Created: 2023-10-11 Last updated: 2024-04-22Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Other links

Publisher's full textScopus

Authority records

Valero, Paola

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Valero, Paola
By organisation
Department of Teaching and Learning
In the same journal
Educational Studies in Mathematics
Pedagogical Work

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 20 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf