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Group composition : influences of optimism and lack thereof

Williams, Gaye 2008, Group composition : influences of optimism and lack thereof, in International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education : proceedings of the joint meeting of PME 32 and PME-NA XXX, Cinvestav- UMSNH, Mexico, pp. 425-432.

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Title Group composition : influences of optimism and lack thereof
Author(s) Williams, Gaye
Conference name International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Conference (32nd : 2008 : Morelia, Mexico)
Conference location Morelia, Mexico
Conference dates 17-21 July 2008
Title of proceedings International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education : proceedings of the joint meeting of PME 32 and PME-NA XXX
Editor(s) Figueras, Olimpia
Cortina, Jose Luis
Alatorre, Silvia
Rojano, Teresa
Sepulveda, Armando
Publication date 2008
Conference series International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Conference
Start page 425
End page 432
Total pages 8 p.
Publisher Cinvestav- UMSNH
Place of publication Mexico
Summary Lesson video and video-stimulated post-lesson interviews were used to study the role of optimism in collaborative problem solving in a Grade 5/6 classroom for the purpose of informing group composition. This study focuses on the activity of two students who differed on the personal characteristic 'optimistic orientation'. It examines how the presence or absence of an optimistic orientation to failures (Seligman, 1995) contributed to these students' interactions with their groups and opportunities for collaborative creation of new knowledge. One group collaborated to develop mathematical knowledge that was new to each group member and the other group did not. These findings raise questions about how to group students who are not yet optimistic to enable collaborative activity, and how to build optimism.
ISBN 9789689020073
9689020072
Language eng
Field of Research 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2008, IGPME
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018375

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