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Attitudes, Beliefs, Motivation and Identity in Mathematics Education

An Overview of the Field and Future Directions

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  • Provides an up-to-date overview of research on affect in mathematics education
  • Offers a broad introduction to different dimensions and categories of affect
  • Includes suggestions for further reading
  • Includes supplementary material:

Part of the book series: ICME-13 Topical Surveys (ICME13TS)

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About this book

This book records the state of the art in research on mathematics-related affect. It discusses the concepts and theories of mathematics-related affect along the lines of three dimensions. 

The first dimension identifies three broad categories of affect: motivation, emotions, and beliefs. The book contains one chapter on motivation, including discussions on how emotions and beliefs relate to motivation. There are two chapters that focus on beliefs and a chapter on attitude which cross-cuts through all these categories. The second dimension covers a rapidly fluctuating state to a more stable trait. All chapters in the book focus on trait-type affect and the chapter on motivation discusses both these dimensions. The third dimension regards the three main levels of theorizing: physiological (embodied), psychological (individual) and social. All chapters reflect that mathematics-related affect has mainly been studied using psychological theories.


“This pamphlet is a review of the research literature published in the last decade related to the four themes in the title. The authors use these surveys to discuss historical shifts in the way researchers have approached the themes, to point out gaps in the literature, and in some cases to advocate for future research directions. The intended audience is active researchers working with these themes, and I think it would help this group move their research agendas forward.” (Brian P. Katz, Maa Reviews,, October, 2016)

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

    Markku S. Hannula

  • Department of Mathematics, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

    Pietro Di Martino

  • Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus

    Marilena Pantziara

  • Curriculum and Instruction, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong

    Qiaoping Zhang

  • Dipartimento Di Matematica, University of Genova, Genova, Italy

    Francesca Morselli

  • Education in Technology and Science, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

    Einat Heyd-Metzuyanim

  • Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland

    Sonja Lutovac

  • Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland

    Raimo Kaasila

  • Sch. of Eng. for Matter, Transp. and Ene, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA

    James A. Middleton

  • School of Education, University of Delaware, Newark, USA

    Amanda Jansen

  • Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA

    Gerald A Goldin

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Attitudes, Beliefs, Motivation and Identity in Mathematics Education

  • Book Subtitle: An Overview of the Field and Future Directions

  • Authors: Markku S. Hannula, Pietro Di Martino, Marilena Pantziara, Qiaoping Zhang, Francesca Morselli, Einat Heyd-Metzuyanim, Sonja Lutovac, Raimo Kaasila, James A. Middleton, Amanda Jansen, Gerald A Goldin

  • Series Title: ICME-13 Topical Surveys

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-32810-2Published: 29 June 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-32811-9Published: 14 June 2016

  • Series ISSN: 2366-5947

  • Series E-ISSN: 2366-5955

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VII, 35

  • Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Mathematics Education, Educational Psychology

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