### Abstract

In this paper we report on early findings from a project in which we developed a

methodology to elicit young students’ thinking about mathematics. We describe the use of iPad diaries to collect data so as to better understand students’ experiences of mathematics, from three economically and socially distinct schools, at two key junctures - Year 3 and 6. This paper focuses on the unique methodology we developed over three iterations and on the student attitudinal comments regarding mathematics as these give significant insights into the experiences and possibilities for mathematics education of young learners.

methodology to elicit young students’ thinking about mathematics. We describe the use of iPad diaries to collect data so as to better understand students’ experiences of mathematics, from three economically and socially distinct schools, at two key junctures - Year 3 and 6. This paper focuses on the unique methodology we developed over three iterations and on the student attitudinal comments regarding mathematics as these give significant insights into the experiences and possibilities for mathematics education of young learners.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Proceedings of the 39th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education |

Subtitle of host publication | PME39 |

Editors | K Beswick, T Muir, J Fielding-Wells |

Place of Publication | Tasmania, Australia |

Publisher | International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Inc |

Pages | 177-184 |

Number of pages | 8 |

Volume | 3 |

ISBN (Print) | 9781862698289 |

Publication status | Published - 2015 |

Event | 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 | 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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Larkin, K., & JORGENSEN, R. (2015). Using iPad digital diaries to investigate attitudes towards mathematics. In K. Beswick, T. Muir, & J. Fielding-Wells (Eds.),

*Proceedings of the 39th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education: PME39*(Vol. 3, pp. 177-184). Tasmania, Australia: International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Inc.