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ERIC Number: ED404178
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Pages: 17
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Making Sense of Mathematics: The Teacher's Role in Establishing a Classroom Community of Practice.
Goos, Merrilyn
This paper describes the actions of one secondary school mathematics teacher in establishing a community of mathematical practice within which students acquire not only knowledge and skills, but also the epistemological values of mathematics. Classroom observations over a period of 18 months, together with interview and questionnaire data, are used to sketch a model of the teacher's interactions with his students as he works toward creating a culture of mathematical sense-making. The results indicate four aspects of the teacher's role that are particularly important in establishing a classroom community of practice: (1) modeling mathematical thinking; (2) cognitive and social scaffolding; (3) encouraging individual reflection, self-monitoring and checking; and (4) introducing tools for mathematical communication. Contains 33 references. (DDR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia