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ERIC Number: ED501157
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
What Does "Positive" Attitude Really Mean?
Di Martino, Pietro; Zan, Rosetta
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Paper presented at the 27th International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Conference Held Jointly with the 25th PME-NA Conference (Honolulu, HI, Jul 13-18, 2003), v4 p451-458
In this communication we analyze a dichotomy that pervades research on attitude in mathematics education: the classification of attitude as positive/negative. After highlighting the ambiguity of the term "positive", and some problems related to it, we suggest that the positive/negative dichotomy is too simplistic to take into account the deep interaction between affect and cognition that characterises mathematics learning. (Contains 3 footnotes.) [For complete proceedings, see ED500860.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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