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The four proficiency strands plus one?: Productive disposition and the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics


Woodward, A and Beswick, K and Oates, G, The four proficiency strands plus one?: Productive disposition and the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics, 2017 Mathematical Association of Victoria Annual Conference Proceedings, 7-8 December 2017, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 18-24. ISBN 978-1-876949-61-7 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics (AC:M) (ACARA, 2016) defines four proficiency strands. However, the work of Kilpatrick, Seward and Findell (2001), upon which Australia’s proficiency strands are framed, includes a further proficiency – productive disposition. Productive disposition relates to students’ propensity to persevere and to perceive mathematics as worthwhile. We argue for the inclusion of productive disposition in Australian mathematics education, as reflective of the importance of affect in mathematics leaning. Upon close inspection, the AC:M and the overarching General Capabilities, especially Personal Capability, offer insufficient direction in regards to developing productive disposition in students. For productive disposition to be fostered in students, teachers themselves must have productive disposition towards mathematics and the teaching of mathematics. Teachers must believe that they and all students can learn and improve in their ability to learn mathematics; that mathematics is intelligible, and that they as teachers can improve their teaching and understanding through effort. Addressing the productive disposition of mathematics teachers and students may be a means of improving mathematics achievement in Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:curriculum, productive disposition, mathematics, proficiency strands, Australian Curriculum
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Woodward, A (Mrs Aimee Woodward)
UTAS Author:Beswick, K (Professor Kim Beswick)
UTAS Author:Oates, G (Associate Professor Greg Oates)
ID Code:121942
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-10-23
Last Modified:2018-06-21

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