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ERIC Number: EJ785518
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0883-0355
Unraveling the Culture of the Mathematics Classroom: A Video-Based Study in Sixth Grade
Depaepe, Fien; De Corte, Erik; Verschaffel, Lieven
International Journal of Educational Research, v46 n5 p266-279 2007
Changing perspectives on mathematics teaching and learning resulted in a new generation of mathematics textbooks, stressing among others the importance of mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills and their application to real-life situations. The article reports a study that investigates to what extent the reform-based ideas underlying these mathematical textbooks impact the current teaching of mathematics. Two problem-solving lessons were videotaped in 10 sixth-grade classrooms and a coding scheme was developed to analyze these lessons with regard to three aspects of the classroom culture that are assumed to enhance students' mathematical beliefs and problem-solving competencies: (1) the classroom norms that are established, (2) the instructional techniques and classroom organization forms, and (3) the set of tasks students are confronted with. Two instruments were administered to measure students' beliefs about learning mathematical word problem solving, and to assess their problem-solving processes and skills. The results indicate that some reform-based aspects seemed to be easier to implement (e.g., a strong focus on heuristic skills, embedding tasks in a realistic context) than others (e.g., the use of group work, an explicit negotiation of appropriate social norms).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6
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Language: English
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