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ERIC Number: EJ858284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
Researchers' Descriptions and the Construction of Mathematical Thinking
Barwell, Richard
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v72 n2 p255-269 Nov 2009
Research in mathematics education is a discursive process: It entails the analysis and production of texts, whether in the analysis of what learners say, the use of transcripts, or the publication of research reports. Much research in mathematics education is concerned with various aspects of mathematical thinking, including mathematical knowing, understanding and learning. In this paper, using ideas from discursive psychology, I examine the discursive construction of mathematical thinking in the research process. I focus, in particular, on the role of researchers' descriptions. Specifically, I examine discursive features of two well-known research papers on mathematical thinking. These features include the use of contrast structures, categorisation and the construction of facts. Based on this analysis, I argue that researchers' descriptions of learners' or researchers' behaviour and interaction make possible subsequent accounts of mathematical thinking.
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Language: English
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