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ERIC Number: EJ855289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1571-0068
Approaches to Teaching Mathematics in Lower-Achieving Classes
Even, Ruhama; Kvatinsky, Tova
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v7 n5 p957-985 Oct 2009
This study examines a commonly held view that teachers tend to focus less on developing understanding and more on mechanistic answer-finding when teaching in classes of lower-achieving students. The study investigates this by analyzing actual practices of teaching mathematics and of classroom interactions in classes having different levels taught by the same teacher. Four classes taught by two teachers participated in the study. Each teacher taught the same probability syllabus in two of the classes; one class of higher- and one of lower-achieving students. Quantitative and qualitative analyses of observed teaching practices and classroom interactions suggest that one teacher adopted a teaching for mechanistic answer-finding approach in both of her classes, whereas the other teacher used a teaching-for-understanding approach. In contrast with current literature, both teaching approaches were somewhat amplified in the lower-level class of each teacher. The manuscript suggests that in their own way, each teacher attempted to help more those students who encountered more difficulties--the lower-achieving students--and they did so by using the resources available to them. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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