ERIC Number: ED511997
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr-30
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.
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Student Behavior, Epistemology, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Student Characteristics, Student Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, Self Efficacy, Antisocial Behavior, High School Students, Case Studies, Interviews, Observation, Classroom Research, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 11; High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A