Characteristics of learning environments in which students are open to risk taking and mistake making

Peter Sullivan, Janette Bobis, Ann Downton, Maggie Feng, Sharyn Livy, Sally Hughes, Melody McCormick, James Russo

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The fear of making mistakes and avoidance of risks can create disabling anxiety and limit learning opportunities. The team from Monash University and the University of Sydney describe the features of learning environments which increase enjoyment and engagement of students who experience anxiety.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-7
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Primary Mathematics Classroom
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • learning environment
  • math
  • primary
  • early years
  • tasks
  • anxiety
  • classroom culture
  • solution strategy
  • differentiated learning
  • Assessment

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