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Theorizing fragile identities: what can we learn from mathematics students?

Date: 21 May 2008 Time: 12.15 - 1.30 p.m.

(Please note room change - this seminar will now take place in Meeting Room 1)

Theorizing fragile identities: what can we learn from mathematics students?

This seminar will be given by Dr Yvette Solomon, Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University.

Wednesday 21st May 2008, 12.15 -1.30 p.m., Meeting Room 1, Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster University.

Success in mathematics is not necessarily accompanied by a positive identification with the subject - even those who choose to study it at undergraduate level frequently express unstable identities of potential or actual marginalisation, exclusion and failure. This discussion presents an analysis of such 'fragile identities', focussing on accounts from students in three universities. It explores the ways in which they draw on and create personal and public stories which enable some, but not all, to continue to function as successful undergraduates.

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