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ERIC Number: ED500960
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Using Students' Ways of Thinking to Re-Cast the Tasks of Teaching about Functions
Doerr, Helen M.
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 p333-340
Recent research suggests that the examination of students' work may lead to changes in teaching practice that are more effective in terms of students' mathematical learning. However, the link between the examination of students' work and the teachers' actions in the classroom is largely unexamined, particularly at the secondary level. In this paper, I present the results of a study in which teachers had extensive opportunities to examine students' ways of thinking as the students developed models for exponential growth and decay. I describe two related aspects of the practice of one teacher: (a) how she listened to students' alternative solution strategies and (b) how she responded to these strategies in her practice. The actions of the teacher supported extensive student engagement with the task and the students' revising and refining their own mathematical thinking. (Contains 1 footnote.) [For complete proceedings, see ED500859.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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