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Wijaya, Ariyadi; van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Marja; Doorman, Michiel – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2015

Based on the findings of an error analysis revealing that Indonesian ninth- and tenth-graders had difficulties in solving context-based tasks, we investigated the opportunity-to-learn offered by Indonesian textbooks for solving context-based mathematics tasks and the relation of this opportunity-to-learn to students' difficulties in solving these…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Grade 9, Grade 10

Wasserman, Nicholas H. – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2015

The work that mathematics teachers do is frequently mathematical in nature and different from other professions. Understanding and describing common ways that teachers draw upon their content knowledge in the practice of teaching is important. Building on the descriptions by McCrory et al. ("Journal for Research in Mathematics Education"…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Difficulty Level, Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Foster, Colin – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2018

Achieving fluency in important mathematical procedures is fundamental to students' mathematical development. The usual way to develop procedural fluency is to practise repetitive exercises, but is this the only effective way? This paper reports three quasi-experimental studies carried out in a total of 11 secondary schools involving altogether 528…

Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Instruction, Comparative Analysis, Quasiexperimental Design

Tabach, Michal; Nachlieli, Talli – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2016

This special issue comprises five studies which vary in their focus and mathematical content, yet they all share an underlying communicational theoretical framework--commognition. Within this framework, learning mathematics is defined as a change in one's mathematical discourse, that is, in the form of communication known as mathematical. Teaching…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics, Models, Language Usage

Demonty, Isabelle; Vlassis, Joëlle; Fagnant, Annick – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2018

Research focusing on algebra from primary to early secondary school level has made several major advances over the past decades. Students' difficulties have been identified and supportive teaching and learning environments have been set up (Cai & Knuth, 2011; Kieran, 2007; Radford, 2008, "Mathematics Education Research Journal," 26,…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Elementary Secondary Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching

Van Harpen, Xianwei Y.; Presmeg, Norma C. – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2013

The importance of students' problem-posing abilities in mathematics has been emphasized in the K-12 curricula in the USA and China. There are claims that problem-posing activities are helpful in developing creative approaches to mathematics. At the same time, there are also claims that students' mathematical content knowledge could be highly…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Creativity, Mathematics Instruction, Investigations

Iori, Maura – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2017

In mathematical activities and in the analysis of mathematics teaching-learning processes, "objects," "signs", and "representations" are often mentioned, where the meaning assigned to those words is sometimes very broad, sometimes limited, other times intuitive, allusive, or not completely clear. On the other hand, as…

Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Cognitive Processes, Mathematics Activities, Problem Solving

Erath, Kirstin; Prediger, Susanne; Quasthoff, Uta; Heller, Vivien – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2018

Language, which plays a special role for the learning of mathematics, is investigated in this article for the specific discourse practice of explaining during whole-class discussions: On the one hand, explaining is a medium for learning since school cannot be thought of without communication. On the other hand, students at the beginning of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Large Group Instruction, Secondary School Students

Brown, Tony – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2016

This paper argues that rationality and belief are mutually formative dimensions of school mathematics, where each term is more politically embedded than often depicted in the field of mathematics education research. School mathematics then presents not so much rational mathematical thought distorted by irrational beliefs but rather a particular…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation, Mathematics Skills

Kollosche, David – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2018

In mathematics education, researchers have proposed a wide range of improvements of teaching practice in school, but only a few of these proposals have sustainably changed mathematics education in the desired form. This article takes off with the assumption that this gap between ideals and practice can be understood and challenged through a better…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Relevance (Education), Science and Society, Educational Objectives

Iori, Maura – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2018

While many semiotic and cognitive studies on learning mathematics have focused primarily on students, this study focuses mainly on teachers, by seeking to bring to light their awareness of the semiotic and cognitive aspects of learning mathematics. The aim is to highlight the degree of awareness that teachers show about: (1) the distinction…

Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Mixed Methods Research, Semiotics

Jeannotte, Doris; Kieran, Carolyn – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2017

The development of students' mathematical reasoning (MR) is a goal of several curricula and an essential element of the culture of the mathematics education research community. But what mathematical reasoning consists of is not always clear; it is generally assumed that everyone has a sense of what it is. Wanting to clarify the elements of MR,…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Thinking Skills, Mathematics Education, Mathematical Models

Lambert, Rachel – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2015

This study demonstrates the importance of a critical lens on disability in mathematics educational research. This ethnographic and interview study investigated how ability and disability were constructed over 1 year in a middle school mathematics classroom. Children participated in two kinds of mathematical pedagogy that positioned children…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Ethnography, Interviews

le Roux, Kate; Adler, Jill – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2016

Mathematical problems that make links to the everyday and to disciplines other than mathematics--variously referred to as practical, realistic, real-world or applied problems in the literature--feature in school and undergraduate mathematics reforms aimed at increasing mathematics participation in contexts of inequity and diversity. In this…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Undergraduate Study, College Mathematics, Majors (Students)

Kidron, Ivy – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2016

A theoretical reflection on epistemology is presented. The important role of epistemological analysis in research in mathematics education is discussed. I analyze the epistemological evolution as a consequence of the changes in the mathematical culture and demonstrate how the epistemological analysis is tightly linked to the cultural dimension.…

Descriptors: Epistemology, Mathematics Education, Educational Research, Cultural Influences