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ERIC Number: EJ803646
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0732-3123
Building Bridges within Mathematics Education: Teaching, Research, and Instructional Design
Magidson, Susan
Journal of Mathematical Behavior, v24 n2 p135-169 2005
Within mathematics education, classroom teachers, educational researchers, and instructional designers share the common goals of understanding and improving the teaching and learning of mathematics. Teachers work to help students learn; researchers study how people learn and teach mathematics; and designers develop instructional materials to support teachers and students. Each community (of teachers, of researchers, and of designers) develops its own perspectives, methods, and expertise. Too seldom, however, do practitioners have the opportunity to share their knowledge across communities. This first-person, retrospective case study speaks to the challenges and rewards of building bridges among these three communities by charting the evolution of an instructional activity (using graphing software to explore slope) through four cycles of teaching, research, and design. Initially separate, the three perspectives of teacher, researcher, and designer begin to interact as the worksite moves from the university laboratory to the author's classroom and then to other teachers' classrooms. Many of these interactions are fruitful, resulting in new insights and strategies that strengthen the final product and inform the practitioner. At the same time, some tensions arise, particularly between teaching and research, highlighting fundamental differences between these fields. Lessons from this case study suggest implications for collaborations among teachers, researchers, and designers. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers
Language: English
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