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von Duyke, Katherine; Matusov, Eugene – Pedagogies: An International Journal, 2016
In an innovative, progressive school, students were asked to solve a fairly routine mathematical problem using real money in a "real-world" scenario. Even though the school values students' ideas, the reaction of the teacher to one student's alternative modelling of the problem suggests that he was expecting a particular answer to be…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Constructivism (Learning), Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Hawkins, Lisa K.; Certo, Janine L. – Pedagogies: An International Journal, 2014
Poetry is one of the most feared and least understood literary genres in our public schools. Boys, in particular, are frequently perceived to be resistant to poetry instruction; a view that often stems from a limited vision of what poetry is and a misread of masculinity. Nevertheless, the study of poetry provides many benefits in the journey to…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Males, Poetry, Writing (Composition)
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Roth, Wolff-Michael – Pedagogies: An International Journal, 2013
Constructivist epistemologies focus on ethics as a system of values in the mind--even when previously co-constructed in a social context--against which social agents compare the actions that they mentally plan before performing them. This approach is problematic, as it forces a wedge between thought and action, body and mind, universal and…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Ethics, Teaching Methods, Interpersonal Communication
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Kamberelis, George – Pedagogies: An International Journal, 2013
In this article, I share results from a year-long qualitative study that focused on the emergent production of a classroom culture and the social identities most valued in that culture. I collected observational data, interview data and archival data throughout the school year in one self-contained fourth-grade classroom. Using a combination of…
Descriptors: School Culture, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Educational Practices
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Luk, Jasmine C. M. – Pedagogies: An International Journal, 2013
This article discusses a study on how language use and language development can be promoted through engaging students in different participation roles in board games. Theoretically, the study is grounded in sociocultural perspectives of activity theory and the role of play as a form of human motivation. A group of Grade 4 primary students learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Games
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Jones, Stephanie – Pedagogies: An International Journal, 2012
Drawing from a larger ethnographic study, this article engages post-structural theories of language and critical feminist theories of social class to examine two fourth-grade, White, working-poor girls' narratives about their urban neighbourhood in the United States. The author argues that young girls should be perceived as social theorists…
Descriptors: Working Class, Low Income Students, Females, Grade 4
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Iddings, Ana Christina DaSilva; Rose, Brian Christopher – Pedagogies: An International Journal, 2012
This study draws on the application of sociocultural theory to second-language learning and teaching to examine the impact of a design-based research approach on teacher development and literacy instruction to English-language learners (ELLs). Design-based research methodology was employed to derive theoretical suppositions relating to the process…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Educational Practices, Professional Development, Second Language Instruction