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Discursive positioning and emotion in school mathematics practices

Evans, J; Morgan, C; Tsatsaroni, A; (2006) Discursive positioning and emotion in school mathematics practices. Educational Studies in Mathematics , 63 pp. 209-226. Green open access

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Abstract

Our approach to emotion in school mathematics draws on social semiotics, pedagogic discourse theory and psychoanalysis. Emotions are considered as socially organised and shaped by power relations; we portray emotion as a charge (of energy) attached to ideas or signifiers. We analyse transcripts from a small group solving problems in mathematics class, and from an individual student. The structural phase of analysis identifies positions available to subjects in the specific setting, using Bernstein's sociological approach to pedagogic discourse. The textual phase examines the use of language and other signs in interaction and describes the positionings taken up by particular pupils. We then focus on indicators of emotion, and find indications of excitement and anxiety, linked to participants' positionings. Finally we consider implications of our approach.

Type: Article
Title: Discursive positioning and emotion in school mathematics practices
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Additional information: The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com.
Keywords: Attitude to school, Pedagogy, Maths, Motivation
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1548032
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