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ERIC Number: EJ890471
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0228-0671
Functions of Symbolizing Activity: A Discussion
Tillema, Erik
For the Learning of Mathematics, v30 n1 p1-8 2010
I propose that attending how symbolizing activity functions for teachers and students helps to characterize student-teacher communication, and allows for an investigation of how symbolizing activity contributes to learning. I begin this discussion by articulating four ideas-schemes, symbolizing activity, communication, and learning. Then I propose five different ways that symbolizing activity functions for students and teachers. I use these five functions to analyze a sample piece of data. The sample analysis illuminates how analyzing the functions of students' and teachers' symbolizing activity helps to characterize student-teacher communication, and how these functions contribute to learning on the part of a student and a teacher.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A