Students' views of learning mathematics in collaborative small groups


Edwards, Julie-Ann and Jones, Keith (1999) Students' views of learning mathematics in collaborative small groups. In, Orit Zaslavsky (ed.) Proceedings 23rd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME23). 23rd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME23) Haifa, IL, PME, 281-288.

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Approaches to mathematics teaching which offer an alternative to stating facts and demonstrating procedures have been criticised for undermining the base for teachers’ sense of their own effectiveness. Data from an ethnographic study of the classroom practice of an experienced teacher of mathematics who has developed an inclusive (or emancipatory) pedagogic approach indicate that while establishing collaborative groups in the classroom may take some time, students across the attainment range come to appreciate the effectiveness and efficiency of working in such a way. This is in some contrast to research findings about using cooperative groups, a quite different method of teaching. Such findings may support other teachers of mathematics developing an alternative pedagogic approach.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 0771100 (paperback)
Keywords: pedagogy, curriculum, learning, teaching, mathematics, math, maths, small group, groups discussion, collaborative, collaboration, groupwork, skills, peer talk, talk, cooperative, cooperation
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Mathematics and Science Education
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Southampton Education School > Mathematics & Science Education
ePrint ID: 41273
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2014 11:14
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/41273

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