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ERIC Number: EJ1136221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 46
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1050-8406
Designing a Bridging Discourse: Re-Mediation of a Mathematical Learning Disability
Lewis, Katherine E.
Journal of the Learning Sciences, v26 n2 p320-365 2017
Students with disabilities present a unique instructional design challenge. These students often have qualitatively different ways of processing information, meaning that standard instructional approaches may not be effective. In this study I present a case study of a student with a mathematical learning disability for whom standard instruction on fractions had been ineffective. With regard to theory, I draw on Lev Vygotsky's framing of disability and then use Anna Sfard's conceptualization of mathematics as a discourse to design a fraction re-mediation that provided a bridge from the student's discourse to the canonical mathematics discourse. This bridging discourse was used in 5 videotaped re-mediation sessions with the case study student. A fine-grained analysis of the re-mediation sessions traced the ways in which the student's discourse shifted over time, which enabled her to solve problems she had previously been unable to solve. This study provides a proof of concept for reconceptualizing remediation and illustrates the potential utility of a bridging discourse to help students who have a history of failure gain access to the canonical mathematics discourse and content.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF); Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: ESI0119732; R305B090026