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ERIC Number: EJ781005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5769
Let's Talk: Promoting Mathematical Discourse in the Classroom
Stein, Catherine C.
Mathematics Teacher, v101 n4 p285-289 Nov 2007
The use of discourse in the mathematics classroom can be difficult to implement and manage. The same students participate in every discussion while others contribute only when called on, and even then their contributions are sparse. Some students make comments that relate to procedure but never reach the deeper-level mathematical concepts. This article discusses what research tells us about mathematics discourse in the classroom and explores the ways in which teachers establish the classroom community at the beginning of the year, facilitate discussion, and assess the quality of discourse. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A