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ERIC Number: EJ796798
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0732-3123
Teacher Flexibility in Mathematical Discussion
Leikin, Roza; Dinur, Sariga
Journal of Mathematical Behavior, v26 n4 p328-347 2007
The significance of discussion in mathematics classes has been prominently debated in the research literature. Different studies have stressed the importance of teacher flexibility in orchestrating the discussion. We introduce an operational definition of teacher flexibility. In a case study with one secondary-school mathematics teacher, we microanalyzed discussion situations in which the teacher had to change her plan according to unforeseen student replies. The analysis was aimed at characterizing situations in which the teacher was either flexible or inflexible in her interactions with students and describing the factors that affected her flexibility. We suggest four basic patterns of teacher flexibility and discuss the complexity of the factors that shape them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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