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Why Sarah left academia
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics and Science Education. Dalarna University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9742-8908
2015 (English)In: Nordic research in mathematics education: Proceedings of NORMA14, Turku, June 3-6, 2014 / [ed] Harry Silfverberg, Tomi Lärki, Markku S. Hannula, Turku: University of Turku , 2015, 371-380 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper explores why some Swedish female mathematicians decide not to work in academia. The stories of four women were merged into one narrative. Sarah describes the life as a female PhD student in a mathematics department as a positive experience. The reasons why she decided not to stay at the university were (1) the difficulty of getting a job, and (2) her wanting to work with applications and problem solving more than developing theory.

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Turku: University of Turku , 2015. 371-380 p.
, Studies in Subject Didactics, ISSN 1799-9596 ; 10
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Mathematics Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-126679ISBN: 978-952-5993-17-2OAI: diva2:902444
Nordic research in mathematics education (NORMA), Turku, June 3–6, 2014
Available from: 2016-02-11 Created: 2016-02-11 Last updated: 2016-03-04Bibliographically approved

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