Associations between confidence, persistence, and optimism : illuminating optimistic problem solving activity

Williams, Gaye 2012, Associations between confidence, persistence, and optimism : illuminating optimistic problem solving activity, in ICME 12 : Proceedings of the 12th ICME conference, ICME, Seoul, Korea.

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Title Associations between confidence, persistence, and optimism : illuminating optimistic problem solving activity
Author(s) Williams, Gaye
Conference name International Congress on Mathematics Education Conference (12th : 2012 : Seoul, Korea)
Conference location Seoul, Korea
Conference dates 8-15 Jul. 2012
Title of proceedings ICME 12 : Proceedings of the 12th ICME conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series International Congress on Mathematics Education Conference
Total pages 10
Publisher ICME
Place of publication Seoul, Korea
Keyword(s) confidence
persistence
optimistic problem-solving activity
problem-solving
video-stimulated post-lesson interview methodology
perseverance
Summary As part of video-stimulated post-lesson student interview studies of problem solving activity, Williams (2005, 2011) found successful problem solvers were optimistic. This study interrogates data from three students from a broader study: the role of optimism in collaborative problem solving and how to build it. The research question that focuses this study is “What associations exist between confidence, persistence, and optimism?” The question is explored both theoretically and empirically for the purpose of increasing understanding of the nature of optimistic problem solving activity by linking it to more familiar constructs. Students were progressively selected to further the interrogatory process. It was found that confidence and persistence did not necessarily occur together, and when they did, activity associated with these two characteristics was not sufficient for optimistic problem solving activity to occur. Perseverance was also required.
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 ©2012, IEEE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050488

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education
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