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ERIC Number: EJ1067533
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 42
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8251
How Students' Everyday Situations Modify Classroom Mathematical Activity: The Case of Water Consumption
Tomaz, Vanessa Sena; David, Maria Manuela
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, v46 n4 p455-496 Jul 2015
Our aim is to discuss how school mathematical activity is modified when students' everyday situations are brought into the classroom. One illustrative sequence--7th grade classes solving problems that required proportional reasoning--is characterized as a system of interconnected activities within the theoretical perspective of activity theory. We discuss the tensions and contradictions that evolve when a generic school procedure emphasized by the teacher meets the specific procedures applicable to everyday situations proposed by the students. We evaluate the modifications that we perceived in the power relationships and other components of the school activity and the expansion of the meaning of those procedures as positive outcomes of how everyday situations were dealt with in school mathematics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil
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