Friendship groups: equal discourse status and equal task-specific expertise

Edwards, J. (2011) Friendship groups: equal discourse status and equal task-specific expertise. Psychology of Mathematics Education, 35, (2), 211-218.


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This explanatory study examines the role of student talk in maintaining a ‘shared conceptual space’ amongst groups of friends learning mathematics in a setting which utilises learning activities which actively encourage student collaboration towards a defined goal. Achievement beyond expected norms in external examinations offers evidence of individual learning, while data from transcripts of peer group talk amongst these friends learning mathematics offers evidence to support both the definitions of ‘shared cognition’ above. The co-construction of ‘threads of thought’ and high levels of ‘talking aloud’, which appear to closely interweave thinking between group members, suggest “building and maintaining a shared conception of a problem”. The use of everyday language, particular to friends, within each group contributes to a model in which there is shared understanding of thought and knowledge.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0771-100X (print)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Southampton Education School > Mathematics, Science & Health Education (MSHE)
ePrint ID: 344276
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Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2012 14:34
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:35

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