ERIC Number: ED423135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
A Sociologist Looks at Talking and Working Together in the Mathematics Classroom.
Cohen, Elizabeth G.
Contemporary reform in mathematics education emphasizes interaction among students as a source of learning. There are several insights that sociological theory and research can supply to researchers, staff developers, and curriculum developers in mathematics education who are using small groups. This paper investigates four questions concerning the use of small groups in mathematics classrooms. Group work from a mathematics classroom is presented and discussed. Elements of collaborative situations such as the importance of the assigned task, fostering interaction in small groups, and inequalities within groups are also touched upon by presenting research results from the field. (Contains 31 references.) (ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (77th, New York, NY, April, 8-12, 1996).