ERIC Number: EJ1029191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Building Mathematical Understanding through Collective Property Noticing
Towers, Jo; Martin, Lyndon C.
Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, v14 n1 p58-75 2014
In this article we explore the mechanisms through which one group of preservice teachers engage in "Collective Property Noticing"--a phenomenon in which group members integrate individual contributions such that the group, as a unit, notices mathematical properties of their collective image. Drawing on improvisational theory to help to illuminate these collaborative processes, we claim that Collective Property Noticing is a capacity that is vital for mathematical sense-making in collaborative groups and we propose several conditions under which it is appropriate for a teacher to intervene in students' learning in a problem-solving setting in order to provoke Collective Property Noticing.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Cooperative Learning, Educational Theories, Teaching Methods, Teacher Role, Problem Solving, Interviews, Data Analysis, Concept Formation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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