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ERIC Number: ED511997
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr-30
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
The Generative Adolescent Mathematical Learner
Lawler, Brian R.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, Apr 13-17, 2009)
The purpose of this paper is to consider the personal epistemologies of generative adolescent mathematical learners. A generative disposition defined a learner who operated mathematically in ways that reflect an internalized authority for knowing and a constructive orientation to knowledge. Drawing upon the radical constructivist teaching experiment methodology, I conducted a qualitative inquiry of students' experiences that may have informed this generative disposition. The subjects of this study relied on their own thinking to come to know, yet demonstrated a need for confirmation from their teachers that they were competent thinkers. A disconnection was observed between classroom behavior and productive qualities of generativity; the subjects rejected schooling in various ways and engaged in deviant classroom behavior.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 11; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A