ABC of inquiry – ATTITUDE

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ABC of inquiry – ATTITUDE

ABC of inquiry – ATTITUDE

ABC of inquiry – ATTITUDE: Teaching and learning have a unique vocabulary, a shared language of understanding. What attitude will you use to frame the reading of another entry in the ABC of inquiry, a dictionary of ideas for teachers, parents and learners?

ATTITUDE: You giving me tude?
An attitude is a way of thinking or feeling about something. Any attitude we hold will be informed by our experiences, values and contexts, so too will the learners in your class be influenced by the same constructs.
Some attitudes are socially valued and encouraged, while some are devalued and seen as problematic. What is problematic or valued is also determined by constructs and contexts. Gender is a  construct that has seen some attitudes more valued in one learner, than in a learner who holds a different identity claim.
Opportunities for learners to examine and reflect on these constructs is critical for them to fully understand what ways of thinking or feeling might best serve them in different situations.
The way attitudes are named is cultural and the naming holds expectations that can be slippery and deeply hidden. 
Some devalued attitudes are those that have driven important revolutions, encouraged innovative and adaptive thinking, while some valued attitudes have acted as barriers and restraints on individuals and populations.  Understanding and analyzing attitudes’ and how they serve to help or hinder us, is a critical skill a learner needs, so they can make more informed choices about who and how they want to be in the world in different places and times.
Supporting learners develop their own naming’ of the thinking patterns, feelings or approaches to particular situations is important, as it supports the construction of an identity that is personally important and meaningful to the learner.