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ERIC Number: EJ883365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1386-4416
Collaborative Teacher Inquiry as a Tool for Building Theory on the Development and Use of Rich Mathematical Tasks
Slavit, David; Nelson, Tamara Holmlund
Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, v13 n3 p201-221 Jun 2010
This article describes the collaborative inquiry activity of a group of high school mathematics teachers interested in increasing student engagement and problem solving in the classroom. Specific findings related to the nature of the teacher interactions and subsequent impacts on practice are discussed. The findings focus on (a) the nature of the interactions within the teacher group and their impact on instructional decision-making and theory-building, (b) the role of student work in their collaborative inquiry, and (c) the role and impact of the inquiry group's facilitation processes. A description of the professional development provides context for the results. The teachers in this study were able to build individual and collective theories on learners and instruction. The limitations of their inquiry context and their own conversational norms allowed for deeper reflections on classroom practice than on learners and learning. Specific connections between the inquiry work and classroom practice are found.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A