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ERIC Number: EJ1004854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1492-6156
Contingency in the Mathematics Classroom: Opportunities Taken and Opportunities Missed
Rowland, Tim; Zazkis, Rina
Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, v13 n2 p137-153 2013
We describe and analyze three episodes from mathematics classrooms. In each case, the teacher was confronted by a "contingent" situation that they had not anticipated or planned for yet that offered interesting and fruitful learning possibilities if pursued. In two cases, we analyze the teacher's response; in the third, we speculate how they might have responded. In each case, we propose that the teacher's ability to capitalize on these contingent situations is underpinned by their knowledge and awareness of the mathematical potential of the unexpected opportunity and by an interest in, and commitment to, mathematical enquiry. (Contains 2 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 9; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A