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

conference contribution
posted on 2012-01-01, 00:00 authored by Gaynor Williams
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.

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Event

International Congress on Mathematics Education Conference (12th : 2012 : Seoul, Korea)

Publisher

ICME

Location

Seoul, Korea

Place of publication

Seoul, Korea

Start date

2012-07-08

End date

2012-07-15

Language

eng

Publication classification

E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed

Copyright notice

2012, IEEE

Title of proceedings

ICME 12 : Proceedings of the 12th ICME conference

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