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Attitudes to Mathematics

Attitudes to Mathematics

Field, Jenny (2012) Attitudes to Mathematics. In: Donaldson, Gina, Harries, Dave, Tope, Clare and Taylor, Helen, (eds.) Becoming a Primary Mathematics Specialist Teacher. Routledge, London, pp. 19-34. ISBN 978-0415604345

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This chapter aims to explore why attitudes towards mathematics are generally so poor in Britain. It will encourage you to reflect on the immense effect this can have on the teaching and learning of mathematics, and to consider both the consequences of this and its possible solutions by:

1. Exploring our society’s general attitudes towards mathematics
2. Examining why it is so important that these general attitudes change
3. Considering how such attitudes may have evolved:
a) The contribution of popular culture and the British media
b) Adults reflections on their childhood experiences
c) Parental influence over developing attitudes
4. Exploring the difficulties experienced by some of our primary school teachers
5. Reflecting on the way forward and how you can play a part in affecting change

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Chapter 2.
Uncontrolled Keywords: specialist mathematics Williams attitudes negative ability
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Primary Education
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