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Positive Education and Teaching for Productive Disposition in Mathematics


Woodward, A and Beswick, K and Oates, G, Positive Education and Teaching for Productive Disposition in Mathematics, Views and Beliefs in Mathematics Education: The Role of Beliefs in the Classroom, Springer International Publishing, B Rott, G Torner, J Peters-Dasdemir, A Moller and Safrudiannur (ed), Switzerland, pp. 161-171. ISBN 978-3-030-01273-1 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-030-01273-1_15


The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics defines four proficiency strands. The work from which they are drawn includes a fifth proficiency (productive disposition) that relates to studentsí propensity to persevere and to perceive mathematics as worthwhile. We argue for the importance of productive disposition as reflecting the importance of affect in mathematics learning. We link it with work in positive education, particularly around character strengths, to suggest ways in which mathematics teachersí awareness of the importance of affect might be raised. Positive education may offer a means of putting productive disposition on the agenda in considerations of improving mathematics achievement.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Mathematics Teaching, curriculum, productive disposition, beliefs
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:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Woodward, A (Mrs Aimee Woodward)
UTAS Author:Beswick, K (Professor Kim Beswick)
UTAS Author:Oates, G (Associate Professor Greg Oates)
ID Code:129956
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-01-02
Last Modified:2019-02-26

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