Exploring children’s attitudes towards mathematics


Ashby B (2009) Exploring children’s attitudes towards mathematics. Proc. Brit. Soc. Res. Learn. Math. 29:7-12.

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This paper explores the behaviour, attitudes and beliefs of primary school pupils towards mathematics in the classroom and the impact that this may have on their mathematical ability. The study focused on year 3 pupils from a local school, some of whom took part in focus groups towards the end of the project. The children completed short worksheets, which were used to stimulate a guided discussion on what aspects of mathematics the children liked and disliked. The aim of this project was to isolate possible causes of negative attitudes towards mathematics and to discuss what their implications might be.