### Abstract

This paper explores the value of different paradigms to explain dispositions towards mathematics among primary school students from different social backgrounds. As part of a larger project designed to elicit students’ thinking and attitudes towards mathematics, we seek to develop an explanatory model for the socially-differentiated outcomes in students’ responses. The three paradigms – psychology, sociology and post-modernism – form the basis of the paper where the data we collected from three geographically close but socially different schools were analysed.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Mathematics education in the margins: Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia |

Editors | M Marsham, V Geiger, A Bennison |

Place of Publication | Sunshine Coast |

Publisher | Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia |

Pages | 325-332 |

Number of pages | 8 |

Volume | 1 |

ISBN (Print) | 9781920846282 |

Publication status | Published - 2015 |

Event | 38th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia: Mathematics Education in the Margins: Annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, MERGA 2015 - Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast, Australia Duration: 13 Jul 2015 → 18 Jul 2015 https://merga.net.au/Public/Public/Publications/Annual_Conference_Proceedings/2015_MERGA_CP.aspx |

### Conference

Conference | 38th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia: Mathematics Education in the Margins |
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Abbreviated title | MERGA 2015 |

Country | Australia |

City | Sunshine Coast |

Period | 13/07/15 → 18/07/15 |

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## Cite this

JORGENSEN, R., & Larkin, K. (2015). Differentiated Success: Combining Theories to Explain Learning. In M. Marsham, V. Geiger, & A. Bennison (Eds.),

*Mathematics education in the margins: Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia*(Vol. 1, pp. 325-332). Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED572455.pdf