Beliefs: A theoretically unnecessary construct?
2010 (English)In: Proceedings of the Sixth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education. January 28th - February 1st 2009, Lyon, France / [ed] V. Durand-Guerrier, S. Soury-Lavergne & F. Arzarello, Lyon: Institut National de Recherche Pédagogique , 2010, 154-163 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
In this paper I analyze different existing definitions of the term beliefs, focusing on relations between beliefs and knowledge. Through this analysis I note several problems with different types of definitions. In particular, when defining beliefs through a distinction between belief and knowledge systems, this creates an idealized view of knowledge, seen as something more pure (less affective, less episodic, and more logical). In addition, attention is generally not given to from what point of perspective a definition is made; if the distinction between beliefs and knowledge is seen as being either individual/psychological or social. These two perspectives are also sometimes mixed, which results in a messy construct. Based on the performed analysis, a conceptualization of beliefs is suggested.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lyon: Institut National de Recherche Pédagogique , 2010. 154-163 p.
belief, definition, individual, knowledge, social
Didactics Other Mathematics
Research subject didactics of mathematics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-25127ISBN: 978-2-7342-1190-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-25127DiVA: diva2:228948
Sixth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education. January 28th - February 1st 2009, Lyon, France