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ERIC Number: ED500937
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 32
Teacher Investigations of Students' Work: Meeting the Challenge of Attending to Students' Thinking
Chamberlin, Michelle T.
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Paper presented at the 27th International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Conference Held Jointly with the 25th PME-NA Conference (Honolulu, HI, Jul 13-18, 2003), v2 p189-196
The purpose of this research report is to describe some of the findings from a study of teacher investigations of students' work. The intent of the teacher investigations was for teachers to interpret their students' thinking as revealed on non-routine, thought-revealing mathematical tasks, known as Case Studies for Kids (Lesh, Hoover, Hole, Kelly & Post, 2000). This research report focuses on instances during the investigations when the teachers engaged in what the author has termed "mini-inquiries", discussions during which the teachers addressed why their students thought about the associated case studies as they did or the teachers addressed the underlying mathematical complexities associated with the case studies. During these mini-inquiries, the teachers met some of the challenges of attending to students' thinking that Confrey (1993) and Schifter (2001) have identified. (Contains 2 footnotes.) [For related article, see EJ735621. For complete proceedings, see ED500859.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States