Changing High School Students' Attitudes Towards Mathematics in a Summer Camp: Happiness Matters

Can, Iclal
Koydemir, Selda
Durhan, Salih
Ogan, Suheyda
Gozukara, Cansu
Cokluk, Gizem
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I. Can, S. Koydemir, S. Durhan, S. Ogan, C. Gozukara, and G. Cokluk, “Changing High School Students’ Attitudes Towards Mathematics in a Summer Camp: Happiness Matters,” EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES-THEORY & PRACTICE, pp. 1625–1648, 2017, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: