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ERIC Number: EJ1223667
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1479-4802
Repertoires of Three Second Language Learners of Mathematics: Distal and Situational Sources of Meaning
Barwell, Richard
Research in Mathematics Education, v21 n2 p135-151 2019
This article presents the results of an analysis of ethnographic data collected in three second language mathematics classrooms in Canada. The elementary school classes consisted of a group of indigenous students, a group of new immigrant students and a class in a French immersion programme. The focus of the analysis was on the sources of meaning students use in mathematics classrooms. The notion of sources of meaning is framed by a Bakhtinian perspective on language, in which they are examined in terms of discourses, voices and languages. For one student in each class, I describe a repertoire of sources of meaning and discuss similarities and differences relating to the sociolinguistic context of each class. Students' repertoires are shown to include both situational and distal sources of meaning. The relationship between distal and situational sources of meaning reflects the stratified nature of mathematics classroom interaction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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