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ERIC Number: EJ900738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0272
The Cultural Pedagogy of Errors: Teacher Wang's Homework Practice in Teaching Geometric Proofs
Fang, Yanping
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v42 n5 p597-619 2010
This study examines the mediating role of homework in the daily practice of a middle-school mathematics teacher and her colleagues in Shanghai. It aims to explore how a system of homework activities mediates and engenders a cultural pedagogy characterized by transforming errors into resources for teaching and learning. The transformation itself embodies teacher learning processes tied up with making sense of errors and providing feedback and pedagogical support to help as many students as possible to "get it right". The findings of the study raise important questions about what teaching entails, and how to organize teachers' work so that teacher learning occurs in the process of fostering student learning. This requires a reconceptualization of homework to capitalize on its pedagogical potentials. (Contains 14 notes and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 2; Grade 4; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China