To heal and enthuse: Developmental bibliotherapy and pre-service primary teachers' reflections on learning and teaching mathematics

Sue Wilson, Steve Thornton

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    Abstract

    This paper advocates bibliotherapy as a powerful reflective tool in pre-service education. It
    can provide a new approach to understanding and improving the affective responses of preservice
    primary teachers. In the study pre-service teachers analysing readings about school
    students’ learning, reflected on and reconstructed their understanding of their own school
    experiences. The technique of bibliotherapy applied to readings about issues such as
    mathematics anxiety challenged their assessment of their capacity to learn and teach
    mathematics. This was a healing process that generated enthusiasm for teaching
    mathematics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIdentities, Cultures and Learning Spaces
    EditorsPeter Grootenboer, Robyn Zevenbergen, Mohan Chinnappan
    Place of PublicationAdelaide
    PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
    Pages35-44
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)1920846123
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    EventMERGA 29 - Canberra, Australia
    Duration: 1 Jul 20065 Jul 2006

    Conference

    ConferenceMERGA 29
    CountryAustralia
    CityCanberra
    Period1/07/065/07/06

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    Wilson, S., & Thornton, S. (2006). To heal and enthuse: Developmental bibliotherapy and pre-service primary teachers' reflections on learning and teaching mathematics. In P. Grootenboer, R. Zevenbergen, & M. Chinnappan (Eds.), Identities, Cultures and Learning Spaces (pp. 35-44). Adelaide: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.