Connections between valuing and values: exploring experiences and rethinking data generating methods

Philip Clarkson, Annica Andersson, Alan Bishop, Penelope Kalogeropoulos, Wee Tiong Seah

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What do teacher colleagues learn when they read our research? Do they wonder what it might be like to teach values that they are not sure of? Do our research colleagues wonder whether role-play could be a set of new data collection methods we could use? In the first session of this Discussion Group we explored the background to values and valuing research in mathematics education with short presentations leading to discussion among participants. Presentations were headed ‘Enacting values’[review of foundational literature (Clarkson, Bishop, & Seah, 2010)],‘Projects exploring values and valuing’[describing our work and that of participants (Seah, Andersson, Bishop, & Clarkson, 2016)], and finally ‘Methodology challenges’(discussion of affordances and difficulties encountered with present methods). The last part of the session introduced participants to the notion of role-play (Belova, Eilks, & Feierabend, 2013). We self divided into a small group of ‘students’ and a second larger group of ‘research observers’. At the core of the role-play was to experience what it was like to act out a given valuing role (‘students’), or observing players who do so (‘research observers’), and ascertaining whether identifiable behaviours are more likely to be associated with specific values. To this end we discussed with the ‘students’ how they might play out a role that showed they were valuing one of the six values that Bishop (1988) had identified, and with the ‘research observers’ we discussed what behaviour they might expect to be associated with each of these values (Clarkson, 2015).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education ICME-13
EditorsGabriele Kaiser
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9783319625973
ISBN (Print)9783319625966
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInternational Congress on Mathematical Education 2016 - University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 24 Jul 201631 Jul 2016
Conference number: 13th

Publication series

NameICME-13 Monographs
ISSN (Print)2520-8322
ISSN (Electronic)2520-8330


ConferenceInternational Congress on Mathematical Education 2016
Abbreviated titleICME-13
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