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ERIC Number: EJ878863
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8251
Professional Noticing of Children's Mathematical Thinking
Jacobs, Victoria R.; Lamb, Lisa L. C.; Philipp, Randolph A.
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, v41 n2 p169-202 Mar 2010
The construct "professional noticing of children's mathematical thinking" is introduced as a way to begin to unpack the in-the-moment decision making that is foundational to the complex view of teaching endorsed in national reform documents. We define this expertise as a set of interrelated skills including (a) attending to children's strategies, (b) interpreting children's understandings, and (c) deciding how to respond on the basis of children's understandings. This construct was assessed in a cross-sectional study of 131 prospective and practicing teachers, differing in the amount of experience they had with children's mathematical thinking. The findings help to characterize what this expertise entails; provide snapshots of those with varied levels of expertise; and document that, given time, this expertise can be learned. (Contains 4 tables and 7 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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