School mathematical practices as experiences of identity work: the learning journeys of three students
This paper illuminates, through stories, how three students’ school mathematical practices accumulate over the years into descriptions of identity in relation to school mathematics. The stories are based on semi-structured interviews with students who were successful during lower secondary school from the perspective of their mathematics teachers’ reform objectives and according to formal assessments. There was not, however, parallel successes in their personal identifications with the school mathematical enterprise as a whole. The study shows that, from the perspective of the student taking part in school mathematical practices, a sense of belonging to learning communities considered as legitimate is of uttermost importance.
Ann-Sofi Röj-Lindberg is university teacher in the didactics of mathematics at Åbo Akademi University in Vasa, Finland. Before working in teacher education she was a teacher in mathematics, physics and chemistry. In the course of her career she has had a commitment to promote the voices of students in the mathematics classroom and through research.