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Math Ed PhD Dissertation Defense by Chunjing Ji

When: Thursday, May 27, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Description: Subject: Mathematics Education Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation Defense by Chunjing Ji

Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021

Time: 10am-12pm


An Investigation of College Students' Experience with Mathematics through the Lens of Identity

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Given the documented challenges among students with college mathematics, this narrative inquiry investigates five students' lived experiences with mathematic learning. Unlike existing studies that concentrate on student deficits in terms of their learning and performance, this study is aimed to probe students experiences related to mathematics learning with a focus on the notion of mathematical identity from an anti-deficit perspective. Grounded on sociocultural theory and identity as an analytical tool, the goal of this research is to understand complexities inherent in mathematics learning shaped by learning context and students' developed sense of self as mathematics learner. Drawing from narrative interview study and listening guide methodology, the study findings reveal the complexity and fluidity of every participant's mathematical identity and suggest important commonalities among them, with regard to how their identities impacted by factors both inside of mathematics classrooms (tests scores, experience with teachers and friends) and outside (such as master narratives about mathematics in the society).

Committee Chair:

Dr. Shakhnoza Kayumova, Department of STEM Education & Teacher Development (, 508-910-9033)

Committee Members:

Dr. Beste Gucler, Department of STEM Education & Teacher Development

Dr. Ricardo Rosa, Department of Public Policy, Office of Faculty Development
Contact: UMass Dartmouth 508-999-8000
Topical Areas: University Community, College of Arts and Sciences, Mathematics, STEM Education