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ERIC Number: EJ1142032
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1473-0111
Analyzing Diverse Learners' Writing in Mathematics: Systemic Functional Linguistics in Secondary Pre-Service Teacher Education
Accurso, Kathryn; Gebhard, Meg; Purington, Stephanie B.
International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, v18 n1 p84-108 2017
This article analyses the experiences of 55 secondary pre-service teachers (PSTs) in a mandated professional development course that used Halliday's systemic functional linguistics (SFL) and related pedagogical practices to support PSTs' development of disciplinary linguistic knowledge for working with linguistically diverse students in the United States. Of specific interest is how the course influenced the manner in which PSTs responded to a student's attempt at writing a mathematical explanation. We begin with a brief description of Halliday's theory of language and learning with particular reference to the semiotic demands of mathematics. Next, we provide a description of the professional development course and the mixed methods approach to analysing changes in PSTs' pre- and post-course responses to a student writing sample about linear equations. Third, we discuss findings that suggest PSTs' emerging understanding of the linguistic and multimodal demands of mathematical explanations, supported them in providing more cogent and precise written feedback. We conclude by discussing the potential of SFL conceptual and pedagogical tools to support PSTs' professional development in the context of globalization.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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