‘I know that I can do maths; I just don't want to!’

Values and valuing as a (third) component of effective mathematics learning and teaching

Over the years, research into the effective learning and teaching of mathematics has largely focused on mental processes and emotional dispositions.

This seminar will draw attention to the idea of values and valuing, first proposed in mathematics education by Alan Bishop in the late 1980s. For example, western mathematics can be regarded as a discipline that values rationalism, objectism, progress, control, mystery, and openness.

Associate Professor Wee Tiong Seah will draw on more recent evidence to extend our understanding of this construct, proposing that what learners and teachers find important in mathematics lessons might well be a third component of mathematics pedagogy, one which is often implicit in practice and underemphasised in research, but no less important than cognition and affect. Indeed, an argument will be made that positive valuing underlies learners' command of efficient mental processes and empowering emotional dispositions.

Wee Tiong Seah is an Associate Professor in Mathematics Education, and leads the Mathematics Education group at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

Facilitator: Caroline Bardini


Tuesday 4 August, 12.30-1.30pm

Theatre Q227
Level 2, 234 Queensberry Street 
Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Pease RSVP to Pam Firth pfirth@unimelb.edu.au