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ERIC Number: EJ783174
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0883-0355
Exploring the Social Positions that Students Construct within a Classroom Community of Practice
Brown, Raymond
International Journal of Educational Research, v46 n3-4 p116-128 2007
This paper explores the social positions that students construct and the patterns of participation that different individuals and groups achieve within a classroom community of practice. Using a form of collective argumentation to promote student involvement in the practices of a disciplinary community of mathematicians, the study employed a participant-observation design to explore Year 7 students' "talk about" and "talk within" a classroom community. Through examining "talk about", as evidenced in journal writings, and "talk within", as displayed in a group presentation, one female student's journey towards more mature ways of participating in her classroom community is tracked and discussed. The student, Cath, is a high-achieving student who attends a primary school located near the centre of a capital city in Australia. Cath's Year 7 class is made up of 26 (11-12-year old) male and female students. The study found that as a student moves towards greater levels of participation in the classroom community, he/she may construct social positions that are marked by changing relationships between themselves and the discipline of mathematics. The study found also, that the cultural resources of a mathematical community, such as norms of participation, are important rudiments of long-term change in the social positions that students construct. Findings are presented in a manner that demonstrates how sociocultural theory may function to inform and describe student participation in classroom learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 7
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia