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Encouraging Mathematical Thinking, Discourse around a Rich Problem


Encouraging Mathematical Thinking, Discourse around a Rich Problem

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This videopaper by the Math Forum's Bridging Research and Practice Group (BRAP) of teacher practitioners and Math Forum Staff opens a conversation around the use of discourse as a basis for encouraging students' mathematical thinking and supporting teachers' professional growth. Reflecting an attempt to integrate practice and research, it reports on findings culled from discussions of research articles and chapters, classroom practice, and videotapes of classroom teaching, noting links between... More
Material Type: Presentation
Technical Format: Video
Date Added to MERLOT: November 30, 2000
Date Modified in MERLOT: June 17, 2011
Submitter: Salehi
Keywords: mathematics education, professional development, math instruction, mathematical thinking, questioning techniques



Primary Audience: Middle School, High School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: You will need to have QuickTime 4 in order to view the video clips that are included in this vidopaper.
Language: English
Material Version: 4
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: no
Accessiblity Information Available: no
Creative Commons: unsure


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Avatar for Tuiren Bratina
13 years ago

Tuiren Bratina (Faculty)

I spent approximately one-half hour "going through" this article. I spent time
reading it, but did not download the necessary plug-ins to view the accompanying
multimedia presentations.

Quality of content: The article is well written and addresses issues that
should be emphasized, e.g., logical reasoning. They present ideas for using
discourse to promote students' thinking. I would even like to see greater
development of some of the ideas. For example, "How do I know I'm right?" In
terms of mathematical reasoning it would be good to have included several
scenarios about counterexamples, the use of many examples not serving as proof
that a fact/principle/algorithm is true, etc. The Math Forum staff are
continuing to provide materials that help mathematics educators improve the
teaching of mathematics.

Effectiveness for enhancing teaching and learning: Links between their findings
and the research on student learning and instruction are noted. Discussion
focuses on the specific strategies that are used to help students become engaged
in inquiry and take more responsibility and initiative in their learning.

Technical Remarks:

Difficult to use. Must have plug-in for full benefit of this good work. It is
not easy to read the article online. It is also a bit unwieldy to print it
out...many webpages.