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ERIC Number: EJ813384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
Disequilibrium and Questioning in the Primary Classroom: Establishing Routines that Help Students Learn
Carter, Susan
Teaching Children Mathematics, v15 n3 p134-137 Oct 2008
Jean Piaget (1970) defined "disequilibrium" as a conflict between new ideas and current conceptions. In this article, the author describes how introducing this concept to her first graders improved formative assessment results and the overall classroom climate during mathematics class. Students feel success in mathematics even without mastering a particular concept--if they understand that the struggle can be an expected and essential part of learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A