Beliefs and Values in Upper Secondary School Students’ Mathematical Reasoning

  • Åke Hestner
  • Lovisa SumpterEmail author


This study focuses on upper secondary school students’ mathematical reasoning when in pairs solving a task where values are part of the context. In particular, the focus is on arguments for decisions students put forward during their solution attempts and explanations and descriptions in stimulated recall interviews. Three themes of beliefs were identified: expectations, motivation, and emotions. Similar expectations were indicated as in previous studies (e.g. there should be an algorithm to solve the task). The main differences found were about motivation and emotion. Here, the students were more positive compared to previous studies saying such types of mathematical problems including values add a new dimension to problem-solving.


Beliefs Emotions Mathematical reasoning Motivation Task design Upper secondary school Values 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dalarna UniversityFalunSweden
  2. 2.Stockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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