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ERIC Number: EJ847175
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4871
Selecting Video Clips to Promote Mathematics Teachers' Discussion of Student Thinking
Sherin, Miriam Gamoran; Linsenmeier, Katherine A.; van Es, Elizabeth A.
Journal of Teacher Education, v60 n3 p213-230 2009
This study explores the use of video clips from teachers' own classrooms as a resource for investigating student mathematical thinking. Three dimensions for characterizing video clips of student mathematical thinking are introduced: the extent to which a clip provides "windows" into student thinking, the "depth" of thinking shown, and the "clarity" of the thinking. Twenty-six video clips were rated as being low, medium, or high on each dimension. Corresponding teacher discussions of each video were then examined to identify the ways in which clip dimensions served as catalysts for more and less productive teacher conversations of student mathematical thinking. Findings include first, that, under certain circumstances, both low-and high-depth clips lead to productive discussions. Second, high-depth clips in which student thinking is sustained only briefly do not typically lead to productive discussions. Third, in cases where windows and depth are both high, clips that are either low or high in clarity resulted in productive conversations of student thinking on the part of teachers. (Contains 6 tables and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A