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Changing Beliefs: The Case of First-Person Vicarious Experiences

  • Annette RouleauEmail author
  • Natalia Ruiz
  • Cristián Reyes
  • Peter Liljedahl
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Part of the Research in Mathematics Education book series (RME)

Abstract

Changes of beliefs do not happen arbitrarily; there are underlying mechanisms that enable the shift from a preexisting belief to a new belief. This study outlines a problem-solving implementation in which we suggest participants experienced shifts in their beliefs. We describe these belief changes and propose a new mechanism for the shift: first-person vicarious experiences. Our results suggest that, despite their initial uncertainties, individuals who agreed to make a change in their practice underwent a change in belief regarding the efficacy of the practice through firsthand experience of its implementation.

Keywords

Beliefs Belief change First-person vicarious experiences Problem solving 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annette Rouleau
    • 1
    Email author
  • Natalia Ruiz
    • 2
  • Cristián Reyes
    • 2
  • Peter Liljedahl
    • 1
  1. 1.Simon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada
  2. 2.Universidad de ChileSantiagoChile

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