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ERIC Number: ED573392
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
Teaching for Abstraction: Collaborative Teacher Learning
White, Paul; Wilson, Sue; Mitchelmore, Michael
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) (35th, Singapore, Jul 2-6, 2012)
Working collaboratively with the researchers, a small team of teachers developed and taught a lesson based on the Teaching for Abstraction model (White & Mitchelmore, 2010). This paper reports how one teacher learned about the model and implemented it in her lesson. It was found that she had assimilated several key features of the model, such as starting with several embodiments of the target concept and guiding students to look for similarities between them. However, she had some difficulty focusing students' attention clearly on the underlying mathematical similarity. It was concluded that teachers need to experience more examples of Teaching for Abstraction before they can to reify and apply the model faithfully. [The study reported in this paper was supported by a grant from the National Centre of Science, Information and Communication Technology, and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Identifiers - Location: Australia