A consideration of parental contribution to mathematical success in terms of affect is both timely and important. Many parents suffer from mathematics anxiety or helplessness in UK; there is a risk that this anxiety or helplessness be transmitted to their children. Here we illustrate the application of the construct ‘mathematical resilience’ to developing positive parental engagement in mathe-matics. We used the method of a single case intervention study, in which the subject is a moth-er/daughter dyad and their relationship with mathematics. The object is made up of the concepts of learned helplessness and mathematical resilience. The intervention was 3 brief sessions between the second author and the mother. The mother kept a journal and after the intervention she was interviewed. As the dyad gained mathematical resilience, they were able to leave behind learned helplessness, resulting in a better relationship, raised self esteem and increased ability to engage with mathematical thinking.
- parental engagement
- maths resilience
- learned helplessness
- growth zone
Goodall, J., & Johnston-Wilder, S. (2015). Overcoming mathematical helplessness and developing mathematical resilience in parents: an illustrative case study. Creative Education, 6(5). https://doi.org/10.4236/ce.2015.65052