Teacher Education

Title

From research to practice: Reading "struggle stories" boosts children's beliefs about own math ability

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2019

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Abstract

Teachers can reduce debilitating mathematics anxiety (MA) and encourage positive self-beliefs in young mathematics students through exposure to the “struggle stories” of relatable, culturally-relevant mathematicians. A struggle story tells how a respected role model overcame personal or intellectual obstacles, failures, or challenges in order to succeed (Lin-Siegler, Ahn, Chen, Fang, & Luna-Lucero, 2016). This study demonstrates that young students’ beliefs about their own mathematics ability may be positively impacted when they are repeatedly exposed to the principle that mathematics ability is malleable.

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