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ERIC Number: EJ1147783
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1029-8457
Developing Mathematisation Practices in Primary Mathematics Teaching through Didactisation-Based Teacher Development
Biccard, Piera; Wessels, Dirk
African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, v21 n1 p61-73 2017
This article looks at the development of mathematisation in a primary school mathematics teacher's classroom. The teacher was a volunteer in a professional development programme that promoted didactisation principles for mathematics teacher development. At the heart of didactisation lies the principle of mathematisation. Mathematisation as a fundamental aspect of teaching and learning in mathematics classrooms led us to seek ways to develop the potential for mathematisation in teachers. This article explores how a grade 5 mathematics teacher improved mathematisation in her classroom while she participated in a didactisation-based professional development intervention. Over a period of a year, four lessons were audio-recorded and transcribed. Design research constituted the framework of the professional development programme, while model-eliciting tasks were used as a vehicle for programme delivery. The Realistic Mathematics Education principles of guided reinvention, mathematisation and contextual exploration provided the theoretical framework for analysis and coding of the data. In addition, Gravemeijer's framework of emergent modelling and Douady's conceptualisation of tool and object use in mathematics provided the basis for lesson analysis at micro-level. The results show that this teacher was able to change the quality and level of mathematisation in her classroom through improving student mathematical activity, which led to redefining her role in the classroom. Her guiding of the learning process moved from telling to asking questions and, finally, to facilitating mathematical re-invention.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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