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ERIC Number: ED573181
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Emotions and the Development of Statistical Literacy
Carmichael, Colin
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) (35th, Singapore, Jul 2-6, 2012)
Emotions play an important part in learning and are known to influence human development. The positive emotions of enjoyment and interest are thought to contribute to learning in distinctive ways, yet this distinction tends to be blurred in some learning research. This paper explores the role these two emotions play in the development of children's statistical literacy. It focuses on the responses of 220 middle-school children to just six self-descriptions, three assessing interest and three assessing enjoyment. Analysis of these responses suggests that the two emotions are difficult to differentiate empirically, but that differences in reported levels of enjoyment and interest may depend on students' perceptions of competence in the specific tasks with which they are engaged. Implications of this for teachers and researchers are discussed.
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Identifiers - Location: Australia