From research to practice: Reading "struggle stories" boosts children's beliefs about own math ability
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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.
Christensen, C., Stoehr, K., & Olson, A. (2019). From research to practice: Reading "struggle stories" boosts children's beliefs about own math ability. School Science and Mathematics, 2, 1–3. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/action/downloadSupplement?doi=10.1111%2Fssm.12320 &file=ssm12320-sup-0001-Supinfo.pdf