Measuring mathematical resilience: an application of the construct of resilience to the study of mathematics.

Kooken, Janice; Welsh, Megan E.; Mccoach, D. Betsy; Johnson-Wilder, Sue and Lee, Clare (2013). Measuring mathematical resilience: an application of the construct of resilience to the study of mathematics. In: American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2013 Annual Meeting: Education and Poverty: Theory, Research, Policy and Praxis, 27 Apr - 1 May 2013, San Francisco, CA, USA.

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Abstract

Mathematical resilience is a positive adaptive stance to mathematics that allows students to persevere despite difficulties. Although mathematical resilience has been identified as an important factor for success, little consensus exists around its definition and no measures of resilience have been rigorously developed. Math anxiety looks at maladaptive response to learning mathematics and is well-studied. In contrast, resilience incorporates factors associated with optimal functioning. This presentation reports on efforts to develop and validate an instrument measuring mathematical resilience. The construct was hypothesized as being comprised of four correlated factors: value, struggle, growth, and resilience. Two exploratory factor analyses and one confirmatory factor analysis provide evidence of a three factor structure: value, struggle and growth.

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