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ERIC Number: EJ885816
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Effecting Affect: Developing a Positive Attitude to Primary Mathematics Learning
Sparrow, Len; Hurst, Chris
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v15 n1 p18-24 2010
Most adults' attitudes to mathematics come from their experiences of mathematics in school when they were children. Children's mathematical worlds are complex places containing both cognitive and affective elements. One cannot ignore the affective domain if one wishes to understand children's mathematical learning. Teacher education students consistently use the following words in describing their memories of mathematics: repetition, monotony, boredom, not understanding, mystery, failure irrelevance, and humiliation. These memories group into feelings relating to the teaching of mathematics and their personal reaction to themselves as mathematics learners. In this article, the authors remind readers of the importance of helping students to develop positive attitudes to mathematics and provide practical suggestions as to how to engage students in a variety of stimulating activities. (Contains 4 figures.)
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT). GPO Box 1729, Adelaide 5001, South Australia. Tel: +61-8-8363-0288; Fax: +61-8-8362-9288; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia