ERIC Number: ED389519
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
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Developing Partnerships within a Socio-Cultural Classroom: Changing Student and Teacher Roles.
Ireland, Dennis V.; Malone, John A.
This paper examines the classroom-based research carried out by a full-time mathematics teacher who monitored what was happening to his class of 13-year-old students as they were engaged in a collaborative, peer interactive classroom environment and examined how this environment influenced, and was influenced by, the students' attitude toward mathematics. An attempt was made throughout the school year to take into account the students' background knowledge and to frequently survey the students for their assessment of the classroom environment. By the end of the implementation, the students were more active participants in their own mathematics learning and culture than they had been at the beginning of the year. Observations from this study illustrate the social outcomes that developed in the students, such as listening, caring for the progress of others, providing help and guidance, negotiating explanations and solutions into a group consensus and peer teaching. Findings also demonstrate that the teacher had progressed towards a more socio-cultural constructivist approach in his teaching. Contains 115 references. (Author/MKR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).