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ERIC Number: EJ764968
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Pages: 34
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8251
Learning Mathematics in a Classroom Community of Inquiry
Goos, Merrilyn
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, v35 n4 p258-291 Jul 2004
This article considers the question of what specific actions a teacher might take to create a culture of inquiry in a secondary school mathematics classroom. Sociocultural theories of learning provide the framework for examining teaching and learning practices in a single classroom over a two-year period. The notion of the zone of proximal development (ZPD) is invoked as a fundamental framework for explaining learning as increasing participation in a community of practice characterized by mathematical inquiry. The analysis draws on classroom observation and interviews with students and the teacher to show how the teacher established norms and practices that emphasized mathematical sense-making and justification of ideas and arguments and to illustrate the learning practices that students developed in response to these expectations. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 11; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia