ERIC Number: ED365537
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Making Connections: Talking and Learning in a Fourth-Grade Class. Elementary Subjects Center Series No. 89.
Reineke, James W.
Recent reforms in mathematics education suggest that classroom teachers ought to shift away from the traditional concentration on arithmetical computation and adopt goals of mathematical confidence, problem solving, communication, reasoning, and appreciation. To understand how students are thinking in a given situation, teachers need to make their students' thinking public. One way of accomplishing this is to encourage students to engage in mathematical conversations. This report describes a fourth-grade classroom where students' thinking was made public through discussions in which students presented and justified their interpretations of, and solutions to, the problems presented in class. In the beginning, the author identified the goals the teacher had for her students and then followed the development of those skills and abilities through a series of classroom observations and teacher and student interviews. The teacher and her students learned to talk about mathematics in ways that made their thinking visible and suggested that they know mathematics in fresh, inventive ways. The report ends with questions about what students learned and what teachers and researchers might consider evidence of their learning. (Contains 22 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, Educational Change, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Grade 4, Intermediate Grades, Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Skills, Verbal Communication
The Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects Institute for Research on Teaching, 252 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($3.25).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, East Lansing, MI.