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ERIC Number: EJ883878
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1033-2170
Expanding Participation in Problem Solving in a Diverse Middle School Mathematics Classroom
Weber, Keith; Radu, Iuliana; Mueller, Mary; Powell, Arthur; Maher, Carolyn
Mathematics Education Research Journal, v22 n1 p91-118 2010
In this paper, we discuss our experiences with an after-school program in which we engaged middle-school students with low socioeconomic status from an urban community in mathematical problem solving. We document that these students participated in many aspects of problem solving, including the posing of problems, constructing justifications, developing and implementing problem-solving heuristics and strategies, and understanding and evaluating the solutions of others. We then delineate what aspects of our environment encouraged the students to take part in these activities, particularly emphasising the proactive role of the teacher, the tasks the students completed, and the social norms of our after-school sessions. Finally, we discuss the relationship between our study and the literature on equity research in mathematics education. (Contains 1 table and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey