Changing Beliefs: The Case of First-Person Vicarious Experiences

Part of the Research in Mathematics Education book series (RME)


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.


Beliefs Belief change First-person vicarious experiences Problem solving 



Funding from PIA - CONICYT Based Funds for centers of excellence FB0003 and Reader Project 150135 CIAE and SFU Network for Mathematic Education are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Simon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada
  2. 2.Universidad de ChileSantiagoChile

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