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ERIC Number: EJ1173353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1442-3901
Detailing Relational Interactions in Urban Elementary Mathematics Classrooms
Battey, Dan; Neal, Rebecca A.
Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, v20 n1 p23-42 2018
The lack of quality of instruction in urban mathematics classrooms in the United States has received much attention in the scholarly literature. Other classroom mechanisms such as relational interactions, however, have not received much attention of mathematics education researchers. Relational interactions go above and beyond content instruction to pass on messages about who is mathematically able, whose mathematical contributions are valid, and whose cultural practices are legitimised. Examining lessons across seven classrooms, this exploratory study documented five dimensions of relational interactions: addressing behaviour, framing mathematics ability, acknowledging student contributions, attending to language and culture, and setting the emotional tone. The frequency of the interactions differed significantly across the classrooms, as did the quality. Addressing behaviour and acknowledging student contributions were commonly occurring dimensions though the first skewed negative and the latter positive. The article details the varied ways in which the seven teachers interacted with their African American and Latino students during mathematics instruction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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