Co-learning in the collaborative mathematics classroom

Edwards, Julie-Ann and Jones, Keith (2003) Co-learning in the collaborative mathematics classroom In, Collaboration in teacher education: examples from the context of mathematics education. Dordrecht, NL, Kluwer pp. 135-151. (Mathematics Teacher Education, 1). (doi:10.1007/978-94-017-1072-5_10).

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Co-learning agreements between researchers and practitioners have been suggested as a way of generating research findings that are useful to improving schools and informing classroom practice. In this chapter we describe how a co-learning agreement was developed as a basis for researching aspects of the learning of mathematics in the classroom of a teacher whose pedagogy emphasised collaborative problem-solving as a major vehicle for learning mathematics. A study of co-operative group work in mathematics found that the perceptions of high achieving students (in terms of the purpose and benefits of group work) were more in line with those of their teacher than those of low achieving students. In contrast, the research reported in this chapter of a collaborative mathematics classroom revealed no such differences between students. In using a co-learning approach both authors felt that they learnt more about the processes of collaborating in researching and learning mathematics than they would have done with either a more traditional ‘data gathering’ approach led by the researcher or as a piece of action research by the teacher. The chapter suggests that co-learning can be a useful way of collaborating and describes the benefits such an approach can offer when researching classroom processes.

Item Type: Book Section
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/978-94-017-1072-5_10
Additional Information: The pagination of this final proof copy is almost exactly as it appears in the published version.
ISBNs: 9048163277 (print)
9789048163274 (print)
9789401710725 (electronic)
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Keywords: teaching, learning, teacher education, mathematics, co-learning agreement, research, classroom practice, pedagogy, collaborative, problem-solving, group work, low achieving
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Organisations: Mathematics, Science & Health Education
ePrint ID: 11249
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Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2004
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 23:54
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