Is mathematics T.I.R.E.D? A profile of quiet disaffection in the secondary mathematics classroom

Nardi, Elena ORCID: and Steward, Susan (2003) Is mathematics T.I.R.E.D? A profile of quiet disaffection in the secondary mathematics classroom. British Educational Research Journal, 29 (3). pp. 345-366. ISSN 0141-1926

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Research often focuses on disaffection in the mathematics classroom as evident in disruptive behaviour, absenteeism or special needs: thus, it ignores a group of students whose disaffection is expressed in a tacit, non-disruptive manner, namely as disengagement and invisibility. Ignoring this often large group implies that the mathematical potential of these learners may remain defunct. This article reports on a one-year study of quiet disaffection conducted in three Year 9 mathematics classrooms in Norfolk. Through extensive observation and interviewing of seventy 13/14 year-old pupils, a profile of quiet disaffection from secondary school mathematics was constructed. It is proposed that its characteristics include: Tedium, Isolation, Rote learning (rule-and-cue following), Elitism and Depersonalisation. The proposed characteristics are described and exemplified. Finally, the themes that emerged from the students' statements about their images of effective mathematics teaching (Nature of Classroom Activities - the notion of 'Fun', Teaching Styles; Role of the Teacher; Role of Stratification Structures such as Setting) are outlined.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Research in Mathematics Education
Depositing User: Vishal Gautam
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2003
Last Modified: 12 May 2023 11:30
DOI: 10.1080/01411920301852

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