Mathematical Self-Beliefs are Important

Abstract

Mathematical Self-Beliefs are Important for successfully completing math classes, but they are also important for entering STEM fields and even Higher Education. Many people, especially older women, have low math self-beliefs, how can they be improved? We will look at some ways they can be improved, plus the results from my dissertation research involving students and serious math games.

Overview

  • Mathematical Self-Beliefs
  • Why are these Self-Beliefs Important?
  • How can they be strengthened?
  • My Research
  • Additional Resources
  • Questions & Contact

Additional Resources

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Presented

November 2017 @ EPaDel MAA Fall 2017 Section Meeting, Shippensburg University, PA

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