‘Boys Press All the Buttons and Hope It Will Help’: Upper Secondary School Teachers’ Gendered Conceptions About Students’ Mathematical Reasoning



Previous results show that Swedish upper secondary school teachers attribute gender to cases describing different types of mathematical reasoning. The purpose of this study was to investigate how these teachers gender stereotype aspects of students’ mathematical reasoning by studying the symbols that were attributed to boys and girls, respectively, in a written questionnaire. The results from the content analysis showed that girls were attributed gender symbols including insecurity, use of standard methods and imitative reasoning, and boys were assigned symbols such as multiple strategies especially on the calculator, guessing and chance-taking.


Gender Gender symbols Mathematical reasoning Teachers’ conceptions Upper secondary school 

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© Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education, Health and Social StudiesDalarna UniversityFalunSweden

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