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Lutovac, S. (2019) Pre-service mathematics teachers’ narrated failure: Stories of resilience. International Journal of Educational Research, 98, 237-244.

Pre-service mathematics teachers’ narrated failure : stories of resilience

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Author: Lutovac, Sonja1
Organizations: 1Department of Educational Sciences and Teacher Education, Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 2000, 90014, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-10-02


In educational research, failure has often been touched upon as a by-product, but rarely has failure been investigated without attempting to find ways around it instead of attempting to simply understand it better. This paper provides insight into a pilot study on understanding math failure through narrative. I analyse two pre-service mathematics teachers’ narratives about failure and identity in order to illustrate their personal understandings of their own failures. The analysed stories provide insight into the subjects and their failure resilience, and initiate a discussion on subjective understanding of resilience. These stories also illustrate the need to further research regarding the subjective understandings of failure in general and in math specifically.

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Series: International journal of educational research
ISSN: 0883-0355
ISSN-E: 1873-538X
ISSN-L: 0883-0355
Volume: 98
Pages: 237 - 244
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijer.2019.09.006
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: This work was supported by the Academy of Finland (Project ID 307672).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 307672
Detailed Information: 307672 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2019 The Author. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (