ERIC Number: ED476088
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Authority in the Mathematics Classroom and Its Influence on Students' Ability To Reflect.
Amit, Miriam; Fried, Michael N.
This paper presents some findings on students and authority in the mathematics classroom. It is shown that students create a web of authorities that extends not only to their teachers but also to their fellow students. While it is not asserted that relationships based on authority should be abolished, it is shown that such relationships can interfere with the formation of intellectual partnerships necessary, for example, in collaborative learning. It is also suggested that the dominance of authority relationships may hinder the development of reflective thinking about mathematical ideas. A brief description is also given of the Learners Perspective Study, in which these observations were made. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (26th, Norwich, England, July 21-26, 2002); see SE 067 806.