ERIC Number: ED368542
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
"One of Us Is Not as Powerful as All of Us": Building a Community for Teaching and Learning Mathematics. Elementary Subjects Center Series, No. 87.
Ricks, Julie J.; Collara, Cassandra L.
This report describes a collaborative effort between a research assistant and a fourth-grade teacher to develop a classroom community for teaching and learning mathematics which fosters problem solving, reasoning, intellectual risk taking, appreciation of diversity, trust, and shared ownership. The characteristics are consistent with suggested reforms in mathematics education. The authors draw upon observations, student and teacher interviews, and student, teacher, and researcher journals to describe the changes taking place in the classroom and the relationship of these changes to students' learning about fractions. Classroom community norms developed as the students and teacher participated in mathematical activities, explored new roles, and began to appreciate the diverse contributions of individuals and the group. The classroom community contributed to students' understanding of fractions, as well as their understandings of new ways to participate as learners of mathematics. Contains 24 references. (Author)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Research, College School Cooperation, Community Characteristics, Educational Change, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Grade 4, Higher Education, Intermediate Grades, Interviews, Mathematics Education, Observation, Student Role, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods
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 ($4).
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.