Mathematical Resilience – what is it and is it important?

The event is taking part on the Tuesday, Jan 16th 2018 at 15.30
Theme/s: MathEd, Pure and Applied Colloquia
Location of Event: Alan Turing Building, Room 306
This event is a: Public Seminar

Abstract: Johnston-Wilder and Lee (2008) named the construct mathematical resilience as the positive stance seen in those students who are able to persevere and overcome barriers in learning mathematics. It stands in opposition to mathematical anxiety which is widespread and growing. The construct has been developed (Lee and Johnston-Wilder 2010, 2013, 2017) as a set of characteristics that can be developed in relation to learning mathematics either by teachers teaching in different ways or by the students themselves finding ways to approach mathematics differently. It is not something that an individual either has or has not. The characteristics that can be developed together to allow students to take this positive stance towards mathematics are: growth mindset, feeling included in and having an understanding of the personal value of mathematics, understanding of how to work at mathematics (that learning mathematics involves struggle), and an awareness of the support available from the wider community; peers, other adults, ICT, internet, etc and how to access that support.

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External Speakers

Clare Lee (Open University)