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ERIC Number: EJ969428
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1098-6065
An Analysis of Math Congress in an Eighth Grade Classroom
Kotsopoulos, Donna; Lee, Joanne
Mathematical Thinking and Learning: An International Journal, v14 n3 p181-198 2012
A "math congress" is a pedagogical approach in which students present their solutions from their mathematical work completed individually, in pairs, or in small groups, and share and defend their mathematical thinking. Mathematical artifacts presented during math congress remain on display as community records of practice. Math congress has four key functions: To highlight and document key mathematical concepts, to emphasize connections between different mathematical strategies, to facilitate conceptual development, and to scaffold learning by drawing attention to the efficiency of particular strategies. The goal of the research was to analyze the role of the math congress in eighth-grade students' development of mathematical thinking. Results suggest that while math congress was helpful for some students, other students articulated continued uncertainty about their mathematical thinking. Pedagogical recommendations as well as future research direction are discussed. (Contains 3 footnotes and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada